Methods for sciatica treatment

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with sciatica, you understand the crippling effects sciatica can have on a person’s quality of life. Maybe you’ve been suffering from this pain for years and you simply want to be able to do your daily activities without severe pain, or maybe you’ve watched your spouse struggle with sciatica and you’ve endured your own burden as a caregiver.

Whatever your situation is, it’s important for you to know there are several treatment options available for sciatica pain, some of which are nonsurgical. If you’re tired of enduring the chronic pain and effects of sciatica on every area of your life, take the next step toward pain relief by scheduling an appointment with your doctor and reading the information in the following article.

Conservative treatments for sciatica

Your doctor can help you find an effective conservative treatment for your sciatica pain based on your current lifestyle, your medical history and the cause of your condition, whether a herniated disc, spinal stenosis or osteoarthritis.

There are a variety of conservative sciatica treatments, including the following options:

  • Pain medications (over-the-counter or prescription)
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Steroidal spine injections
  • Hot and cold compresses
  • Low-impact exercises
  • Weight management techniques
  • Physical therapy
  • Chiropractic care

Any drug, exercise or diet regimen should only be followed under a doctor’s supervision to minimize the risk for serious complications.

Alternative treatments for sciatica

While many patients benefit from the conservative treatments listed above, there are several alternative options to aid in pain relief. These techniques can include:

  • Acupuncture
  • Biofeedback therapy
  • Yoga and stretches
  • Pilates

Surgical treatments for sciatica

If you have experienced little relief from these treatment methods, you may want to consider the minimally invasive spine surgery performed at Laser Spine Institute. As a safer and effective alternative to open back surgery,^ our procedures are performed through a small incision and do not require the muscles surrounding the spine to be cut or torn.

Since we carefully approach the spine with minimally invasive techniques, our patients can experience a shorter recovery time and lower risk of complication compared to patients who choose traditional open spine surgery.^ While many of our patients are candidates for our decompression surgery, some patients with severe spine damage may require a stabilization procedure to return stability to the spine.

This minimally invasive approach to the spine makes our procedures stand out in comparison to traditional open back surgery, which is a highly invasive procedure that involves a large 6- to 8-inch incision. For more information about our minimally invasive spine surgery for sciatica pain, contact Laser Spine Institute today. Through a free MRI review,* we can determine if our procedures would be effective in providing you with lasting relief from your debilitating symptoms.

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