Symptoms and treatment methods of sciatica

Sciatica symptoms can sometimes cause significant discomfort, but many patients are able to find sufficient relief through nonsurgical 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. Read on to learn about sciatica symptoms as well as conservative and surgical alternatives available for relief.

Sciatica symptoms

Sciatica symptoms include dull or sharp pain, muscle weakness, numbness and tingling. These symptoms 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 sciatica treatment

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

Minimally invasive sciatica treatment

Before consenting to any surgical procedure, a patient should consider all available treatment options. Laser Spine Institute offers minimally invasive procedures that are safer and effective alternatives to open spine surgery^ and have helped more than 75,000 patients find relief from neck and back pain. Contact us to learn about our minimally invasive procedures for relieving sciatica symptoms and to schedule your initial consultation.

The procedures at Laser Spine Institute are performed on an outpatient basis and do not entail a lengthy recovery.^ Our surgeons use a less than 1-inch incision and muscle-sparing techniques in order to remove the particle that is compressing the sciatic nerve and relieve the symptoms associated with sciatica. Through a no-cost MRI review* of your spine, we can evaluate your condition to see if you are a candidate for one of our minimally invasive spine surgery procedures.

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