Sciatica treatment methods
Sciatica treatment most often focuses on relieving a patient’s discomfort through the use of conservative, non-invasive techniques. In rare cases, a physician or spine specialist might recommend surgical treatment for an underlying spinal condition, which might have caused a portion of the spinal anatomy to become inflamed or misaligned and consequently compress the sciatic nerve.
Before surgery is considered for a patient with a spinal condition that is causing sciatica, a physician will typically prescribe a conservative, non-invasive treatment regimen designed to ease pain, numbness, tingling and/or muscle weakness in the lower back, hips, buttocks and/or legs. This approach can include over-the-counter analgesics or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), hot/cold therapy, physical therapy and/or intermittent periods of rest. Usually, surgery is recommended only after several weeks or months of non-invasive sciatica treatment prove to be ineffective.
Surgical treatment for sciatica aims to remove the portion of the spinal anatomy that is compressing the sciatic nerve. Before consenting to open spine surgery, which often requires a lengthy hospital stay and arduous rehabilitation, a patient is encouraged to explore all available treatment options. Laser Spine Institute offers effective alternatives to open neck and back surgery that:
- Are performed on an outpatient basis
- Utilize small incisions
- Have earned us a 96 patient satisfaction average
A patient who is considering surgical treatment for sciatica might want to investigate the minimally invasive procedures performed by the orthopedic surgeons and neurosurgeons at Laser Spine Institute as effective alternatives to open spine surgery. We have helped tens of thousands of people find relief from neck and back pain. Contact us to learn more about our minimally invasive sciatica treatment methods and to schedule your initial consultation.