Different types of treatment for sciatica
With so many different sciatica treatment options to choose from, it can sometimes be difficult to figure out which technique is right for you. What works for one patient might not work for another. Moreover, some techniques can actually make some individuals’ sciatic pain worse.
This is why it is so important to work with a medical professional who can help you find the most effective treatment, tailored just for you.
Noninvasive and conservative treatments
Many doctors prefer to start with an initial regimen of noninvasive, conservative treatment to reduce sciatic pain. These therapies are designed to alleviate pressure on the sciatic nerve and minimize pain. Some of the most common conservative and noninvasive sciatica treatment options for sciatica include:
- Anti-inflammatory and pain medication
- Limited rest
- Low-impact exercise and physical therapy
- Stretching techniques
- The application of heat and/or ice
- Posture improvement
- A healthy diet
Alternative treatment options
Many individuals also may consider alternative sciatica treatment options, such as chiropractic manipulation, deep tissue massage, acupuncture and other holistic therapies. While the effectiveness of alternative medicine is subject to debate within the medical community, some patients find these treatments to be beneficial.
If you have tried conservative and alternative treatments for sciatica for several months, without finding relief from your pain, your doctor may recommend surgery. If this is the case, we invite you to learn about the minimally invasive, outpatient procedures available at Laser Spine Institute.
Surgical treatment for sciatica
At Laser Spine Institute, our surgeons offer advanced surgical techniques that are a safer and effective alternative to traditional open neck and back surgery. The procedures available offer you a number of benefits as you seek to find relief from debilitating sciatica symptoms.
Some of the many benefits that you may experience when choosing minimally invasive spine surgery at Laser Spine Institute include the following:
- No lengthy recovery^
- Use of a small incision
- Muscle-sparing techniques that spread muscles without cutting or tearing
- Less surgical blood loss
- A reduced risk of infection
These benefits can be experienced whether you’ve been recommended a minimally invasive decompression surgery or stabilization surgery.
At Laser Spine Institute, our goal is to provide you with the most advanced techniques available, along with the highest levels of comfort and care. Our 96 patient satisfaction rate speaks highly of the care that we provide our patients every day.
Get help for sciatica
If you are experiencing debilitating symptoms of sciatica, and are unable to find relief, please call a member of our Care Team today. We will review your MRI and CT scan to determine if we can help.