Overview of sciatica treatment options
Dealing with sciatica symptoms can make you feel like your life is on hold. The discomfort and limited mobility can take you away from your job, time with loved ones or even just being able to walk your dog. While open back surgery might be the first thing that many people think of for sciatica treatment, the truth is that there is a range of options available. In fact, many people are able to find the relief for the quality of life they need through conservative treatment options.
If you’re tired of living with sciatica and want to get back to a normal life, it’s important to work closely with your physician to develop a comprehensive treatment plan that encompasses the full range of sciatica treatments.
Conservative treatment options
The good news when it comes to sciatica treatment is that there are many techniques available to help manage symptoms, restore mobility and improve overall health. However, what works for one person may not work for another, which is why it is important to work with a medical professional who can safely help you with the trial and error that is sometimes required.
Upon diagnosis of a spine condition causing sciatic nerve compression in the lumbar (lower) spine, physicians will typically recommend an initial course of conservative methods and lifestyle changes. Some of the most commonly recommended sciatica treatment options include:
- Pain medication
- Limited rest
- Low-impact exercises and physical therapy
- Stretching techniques
- Heating pads or ice packs
- Quitting smoking
- Posture improvement
- A healthy diet
Many individuals also consider alternative sciatica treatment options, such as chiropractic adjustment, deep tissue massage, acupuncture and herbal remedies. While treatments like these are outside the medical mainstream, many patients do report achieving relief through attempting them, especially when combined with more conventional methods. Always consult with your primary care doctor or pain management specialist when attempting any new treatment method.
For some patients, weeks or months of conservative sciatica treatment do not bring necessary relief and surgical treatment may start to look like a more serious option. If you are considering surgery but are anxious about the risks and difficulties of hospital-based traditional open back surgery, contact Laser Spine Institute.
Our minimally invasive outpatient spine surgery relieves pressure on the sciatic nerve and offers patients a shorter recovery time^ and less risk of complication than traditional open back procedures. Reach out to us today for a no-cost MRI review* to see if you may be a candidate for one of our minimally invasive procedures.