Getting sciatic relief
Patients can achieve relief from sciatica, an inflamed or injured sciatic nerve, through a variety of methods. Before determining which treatment is best for you, your physician will interview you in detail about your condition to assess the severity of your sciatica. Your physician may perform neurological tests to see if your condition is bad enough that it’s blocking messages from your brain to your leg, and he or she also may order an MRI, CT scan or X-ray as well. Once the specifics of your sciatica have been established, your physician will develop a plan for delivering sciatic relief.
If your symptoms are mild, then stretching, exercise, physical therapy, hot and cold compresses and/or spinal decompression may be prescribed. All of these methods can help relieve the pressure on your sciatic nerve, which will reduce the pain and inflammation you are experiencing. Quite often, over-the-counter pain relievers or anti-inflammatory medications will be recommended in conjunction with these treatments to manage symptoms. If your sciatica is more severe, or those methods don’t work, your physician may suggest a spinal steroid injection.
This is a successful way to achieve sciatic relief; however, it comes with several side effects and is only temporary.
For severe cases of sciatica that are not improved by the above options, surgery may be prescribed. The benefit of surgery is that it addresses the cause of the pain. Though it’s usually the result of a herniated disc, other known causes of sciatica include spinal stenosis, pelvic injury or fracture, degenerative disc disease, spondylolisthesis, sciatic nerve tumor and spinal tumors. The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in the body, which explains why the burning sensation or pain can stretch so far.
Traditional surgery can come with considerable risks. One way to diminish those risks is by opting for minimally invasive surgery, which is offered at Laser Spine Institute. Performed in an outpatient setting, these minimally invasive procedures offer less risk of infection and other postoperative complications than traditional open neck and back surgery. To learn more about how our expert surgeons can use the latest technology to bring you relief from sciatica, contact Laser Spine Institute. Call today for your MRI review to see if you are a candidate for our surgery.