Alternative sciatica pain treatment options
Sciatica is a term used to describe a set of symptoms that develop when the large sciatic nerve in the lower back is compressed. These symptoms include:
- Muscle weakness
- Burning sensation
These symptoms originate in the lower back and spread to the buttocks, back of the legs, and feet.
For many patients, sciatica can be treated with conservative methods recommended by a physician. These conservative methods are designed to relieve the pressure on the sciatic nerve without the use of surgical intervention. Common methods of conservative treatment include physical therapy and pain medication.
Some patients may choose a more natural route for pain relief with alternative methods of treatment. These treatments include chiropractic care, acupuncture and herbal supplements.
Chiropractic treatment options
Chiropractic care involves spinal manipulation that can help remobilize joints and stretch muscles. The chiropractor will manually adjust your spine to return it to proper alignment, thereby helping to reduce pressure on the sciatic nerve in your lower back.
When it comes to sciatica pain treatment, chiropractic options have produced mixed results in numerous studies. That being said, this treatment option is chosen by many to help relieve the symptoms of a compressed sciatic nerve.
If you do choose chiropractic care, remember that this treatment may cause minor discomfort or soreness initially, but this issue generally resolves within a day or two.
Acupuncture refers to a procedure in which a specialist inserts tiny needles into the skin in order to stimulate specific areas of the body.
This treatment has its roots in ancient China, but it has recently gained popularity in the West. Although acupuncture isn’t generally accepted by the general medical community as an effective sciatica pain treatment, many patients have found it relieves their symptoms.
Laser Spine Institute
In addition to conservative and alternative treatment options, there are surgical procedures available that help address sciatic nerve compression and the associated symptoms.
The minimally invasive decompression and stabilization spine surgeries at Laser Spine Institute have helped more than 75,000 patients find relief from chronic neck and back pain, many of whom were suffering from sciatica pain. Because our procedures are minimally invasive, they offer a lower risk and shorter recovery time^ compared to traditional open neck or back surgery.
To find out if you are a candidate for our minimally invasive spine surgery, contact Laser Spine Institute today and request a review of your MRI report or CT scan.