How to treat sciatica

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 care giver. Whatever your situation, it’s important for you to know there are several treatment options available for sciatica pain, some of which are nonsurgical, conservative methods of treatment.

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 physician and learning about the alternative treatment options available to you.

Conservative treatments for sciatica

Your physician can help you find an effective conservative treatment for your sciatica pain based on the cause of your condition (herniated disc, spinal stenosis, osteoarthritis, etc.), your current lifestyle and your medical history.

These conservative treatments for sciatica can range from lifestyle changes to pain management, and can include the following options:

  • Pain medication (over-the-counter or prescription)
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Steroidal spine injections
  • Hot/cold compresses
  • Moderate exercise
  • Weight management techniques
  • Physical therapy
  • Chiropractic care

Any drug, exercise or diet regimen should only be followed under a physician’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 help aid in pain relief. These techniques can include:

  • Acupuncture
  • Biofeedback therapy
  • Yoga and stretches
  • Pilates

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.

A safer, more 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 moved or cut. 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 incision and sometimes muscles detachment. While many of our patients are candidates for our decompression surgery, some patients with severe spine damage may require a stabilization procedure to bring stability back to the spine.

Because we carefully approach the spine with minimally invasive techniques, our patients can experience a shorter recovery time^ and lower risk of postoperative complications compared to patients who choose traditional open spine surgery.

For more information about our minimally invasive spine surgery for sciatica pain, contact Laser Spine Institute today.