Getting sciatica relief
Patients can find relief from sciatica, which describes symptoms resulting from the compression of the sciatic nerve, through a variety of methods. Before determining which treatment is best for you, you should have an in-depth discussion about your condition with your doctor to diagnose the severity of your sciatica. He or she may also order neurological tests and diagnostic imagery like an MRI, CT scan or X-ray. Once the specifics of your sciatica have been established, you can then work together to develop a plan for delivering sciatica relief.
Initial treatments for sciatica relief
In most cases, treatments to improve mobility and strengthen supporting muscles will be the primary focus of a care plan for sciatica. This can include the following methods:
- Physical therapy
- Use of hot and cold compresses
- Spinal decompression therapy
These options can relieve the pressure on your sciatic nerve and potentially reduce the pain and inflammation you are experiencing. Over-the-counter pain relievers or anti-inflammatory medications may also 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.
For severe cases of sciatica that are not improved by attempting conservative treatments for a period of weeks or months, surgery may be recommended. Before consenting to a highly invasive traditional open neck or back procedure, it is important to be aware of the full range of options for surgery.
If surgery becomes an option
Traditional surgery can come with considerable risks and difficulties that are the result of the large muscle-disrupting incision and hospitalization required. Laser Spine Institute offers an alternative with our minimally invasive spine surgery. Performed in an outpatient setting, our procedures are performed with a less than 1-inch incision and offer less risk of infection and other complications compared to 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.
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