Methods to relieve sciatica
The sciatic nerve begins at the base of the spine and stretches all the way down to both of the legs. The function of this nerve is to help your lumbar spine both feel and move. If poor posture, a herniated disc, a bulging disc, spinal stenosis or bone spurs cause pressure on the sciatic nerve, sciatica can develop. As a result, this can lead to pain down the back of the legs, as well as numbness, weakness and tingling. If you are suffering from this debilitating condition, read the following article to learn about the treatments available to relieve sciatic nerve pain.
Conservative sciatica treatments
To treat the pain and discomfort associated with sciatica, it is typically recommended to begin with a conservative treatment regimen. For example, this may include:
- Physical therapy
- Pain medications
- Massage therapy
- Low-impact exercises
- Chiropractic manipulation
- Intermittent periods of rest
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
However, if your sciatica symptoms do not improve or your condition worsens after several weeks or months, then you may require surgical intervention. If this is the case for you, it is important to research the types of surgery available to you so you can make the best decision for your spine care needs.
Surgical sciatica treatments
As you are researching the procedures available to relieve your condition, contact Laser Spine Institute. We can help you learn about your diagnosis as well as the minimally invasive procedures performed at our state-of-the-art facilities. We are the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery and our outpatient procedures have helped thousands of patients find lasting relief from chronic neck and back pain each year.
To relieve sciatic nerve pain, our board-certified+ surgeons use small incisions to remove the offending agent that is pressing on the sciatic nerve and causing symptoms. These procedures are performed on an outpatient basis and use muscle-sparing techniques, resulting in a shorter recovery period and lower risk of complication compared to traditional open spine surgery.^ To find out if you are a potential candidate for our sciatica surgery, reach out to our dedicated team today and ask for a free MRI review.*