Sciatica symptoms and treatment methods

Sciatica symptoms can sometimes cause significant discomfort, but many patients are able to find sufficient relief through conservative means. Sciatica can occur when an inflamed or misaligned portion of the spinal anatomy compresses the sciatic nerve, which is the largest nerve in the body, beginning in the lower back and extending through the legs. Treatment focuses on relieving the pressure that is being exerted on the nerve.


Sciatica symptoms include pain (which can be dull or sharp), muscle weakness, numbness and/or tingling, and can be experienced in the following areas of the body:

  • Lower back
  • Hips
  • Buttocks
  • Legs

Most patients experience these symptoms only on one side of the body, but sciatica can sometimes cause bilateral discomfort as well.

Noninvasive treatment

Physicians and spine specialists typically begin sciatica treatment conservatively by prescribing a combination of over-the-counter, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) or analgesics, physical therapy or the use of hot and/or cold compresses. Most patients are able to find relief from their sciatica symptoms through non-invasive methods, but if several weeks or months of conservative treatment prove ineffective, a physician might recommend surgery.

Laser Spine Institute

Before consenting to any surgical procedure, a patient should consider all available treatment options. Laser Spine Institute offers minimally invasive procedures that are effective alternatives to open spine surgery and have helped tens of thousands of patients find relief from neck and back pain. Our procedures are performed on an outpatient basis and do not entail a lengthy recovery.^ Contact us to learn about our minimally invasive procedures for relieving sciatica symptoms and to schedule your initial consultation.

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