How do I get my sciatic nerve to stop hurting?
The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body, extending from the base of the spine down through the buttocks, legs and feet. If this nerve becomes compressed or irritated as a result of a spinal condition, it can result in a series of symptoms called sciatica. These symptoms include pain, numbness, muscle weakness, cramping and tingling that can extend through the length of the sciatic nerve on one or both sides of the body. If you are experiencing sciatica, you’ll want to learn about the various treatment options available that can help alleviate your symptoms.
What are some sciatica treatments that I can try at home?
Conservative treatments are often the first option to explore once you start experiencing sciatica symptoms. When your symptoms flare up, you may be able to find temporary pain relief by using pain and anti-inflammatory medications, applying hot or cold compresses to the affected area or by resting for a short period of time. In addition to these options, your physician may recommend the following conservative sciatica treatment options:
- Physical therapy — to learn targeted stretching techniques and improve the strength and flexibility of the muscles surrounding the area of nerve compression
- Low-impact exercise — to maintain your overall health and help reduce the severity of your symptoms
- Steroid injections — to reduce inflammation and provide pain relief for up to several weeks
What if conservative treatments don’t alleviate my sciatic nerve pain?
If you’ve been exploring various conservative treatments for several weeks or months and your symptoms persist, you may need to consider surgery to address the underlying cause of your pain. Laser Spine Institute offers minimally invasive spine surgery that is a safer and effective alternative to traditional open spine surgery.^ Our surgeons have already performed more than 100,000 procedures to treat degenerative spinal conditions, and we can provide you with a free MRI review* to determine if you’re a candidate for our outpatient procedures.
To learn more about the minimally invasive procedures we offer for individuals in need of sciatica treatment, contact Laser Spine Institute today.