Common causes of sciatica

The most common cause of sciatica is the natural aging process and the associated wear and tear on the different elements of the spine. However, activities, lifestyle choices and other risk factors can also lead to sciatica.

By educating yourself on the causes of this debilitating condition, you may be able to reduce your chances of developing sciatica or another degenerative spine condition.

What causes sciatica?

To sum it up briefly, the most common cause of sciatica is growing older.

Over time, the different parts of the spine that support the neck and back begin to naturally wear down as a result of years of use. This degeneration might go unnoticed or may only cause minor aches and pains. If the deterioration progresses to the point that the sciatic nerve becomes constricted or irritated, sciatica symptoms can develop.

Some of the most common degenerative spine conditions that can lead to sciatica include the following:

  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Facet disease
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis

Also, any factor that puts additional strain on the spine can increase the rate of spinal deterioration. In addition to aging and spine conditions, the following factors can also accelerate the development of sciatica:

  • Being obese
  • Having poor posture
  • Participating in high-impact sports
  • Performing work that requires frequent bending, twisting or lifting
  • Abusing alcohol and/or tobacco

Sciatica symptoms can vary widely depending on the exact cause, location and severity of the compression. Symptoms typically include lower back and leg pain, numbness and tingling in the feet, muscle weakness and other neuropathic symptoms. Thankfully, these symptoms can be successfully treated with conservative (noninvasive) or surgical treatment.

Treatment for sciatica symptoms

At Laser Spine Institute, our minimally invasive, outpatient procedures can help patients find relief from chronic neck and back pain. These procedures are a safer and effective alternative to traditional open neck and back surgery. Because of our commitment to patient-centered care, we see a patient satisfaction score of 96 and a patient recommendation score of 97 out of 100.^

If you choose Laser Spine Institute for surgical treatment of sciatica, here are some of the many benefits that you will be able to experience:

  • Surgery performed in an outpatient setting
  • Use of a small incision
  • A reduced risk of infection
  • No lengthy recovery^
  • Muscle-sparing techniques that spare muscles without cutting or tearing

We offer both minimally invasive decompression and stabilization surgeries to relieve pressure on the sciatic nerve that is causing your pain.

Get help for sciatica

Help is available for sciatica. To learn more about the cause of your sciatica symptoms, and to get started with a treatment plan, contact Laser Spine Institute and request a review of your MRI report or CT scan.

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