Treatment methods for sciatica
Sciatica treatment most often focuses on relieving a patient’s discomfort through the use of conservative techniques. In severe cases, a physician or spine specialist might recommend surgical treatment for an underlying spinal condition caused by a portion of the spinal anatomy becoming inflamed or misaligned and consequently compressing the sciatic nerve. To learn about the best treatment for your spine care needs, read the following article.
Noninvasive sciatica treatment
Before surgery is considered for a patient with a spinal condition that is causing sciatica, a physician will typically prescribe a conservative treatment regimen designed to ease pain, numbness, tingling and muscle weakness in the lower back, hips, buttocks and/or legs. This approach can include over-the-counter pain medication, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), hot/cold therapy, physical therapy, steroid injections and intermittent periods of rest. Usually, surgery is recommended only after several weeks or months of nonsurgical sciatica treatment prove to be ineffective.
Surgical treatment for sciatica
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 difficult recovery period, a patient is encouraged to explore all available treatment options. For candidates of Laser Spine Institute’s minimally invasive spine surgery, we offer safer and effective alternatives^ to open neck and back surgery that:
- Are performed on an outpatient basis
- Utilize small incisions that are muscle sparing
- Are performed by board-certified surgeons+
- Carry a reduced risk of complication and infection^
- Earned us a patient satisfaction score of 96^
- Reduce hospital-associated costs and have no lengthy recovery^
- Earned us a patient recommendation score of 97 out of 100^
Learn more about how we can help you on the road to recovery
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. We have helped more than 75,000 patients find relief from chronic neck and back pain. Contact us to learn more about our minimally invasive sciatica treatment methods and to schedule your free MRI review.*