Sciatica pain causes

The most common cause of sciatica is the natural aging process and the associated wear on different parts 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 through the following article, you may be able to reduce your chance of developing sciatica or another degenerative spine condition.

What causes sciatica?

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
  • Herniated disc
  • Bulging disc
  • Facet disease
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Bone spurs

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 overweight
  • Having poor posture
  • Smoking or excessive alcohol consumption
  • Participating in high-impact sports, like football and hockey
  • Performing work that requires frequent bending, twisting or lifting

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 an electric shock sensation. Fortunately, these symptoms can be successfully treated with conservative or surgical treatment.

Treatment for sciatica symptoms

At Laser Spine Institute, our minimally invasive procedures can help patients find relief from chronic neck and back pain. These procedures are a safer and effective alternative to traditional surgery and due to our commitment to patient-centered care, we have earned a patient satisfaction score of 98 and a patient recommendation score of 98 out of 100.^

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

  • Performed on an outpatient basis
  • Use of a small incision
  • A reduced risk of infection and complication^
  • No lengthy recovery^
  • Muscle-sparing techniques

To treat sciatica, our board-certified surgeons+ perform both minimally invasive decompression and stabilization surgeries to relieve pressure on the sciatic nerve that is causing your pain. To learn more about the cause of your sciatica symptoms, and to get started with a treatment plan, contact Laser Spine Institute.

Since 2005, our procedures have helped more than 75,000 patients find lasting relief from their chronic neck or back pain, setting us apart as the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery. To find out if you are a potential candidate for our sciatica procedures, reach out to us today and ask for a free MRI review.*

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