Treating Sciatica with state-of-the-art techniques

Anyone living with sciatica knows that this condition can disrupt your life. Lower back pain shooting down into the hips, weakness in the legs and tingling that can reach the toes are a few of the symptoms that make everyday activities difficult. Sciatica can affect your job, relationships and your ability to get a good night’s sleep.

If you are dealing with chronic back pain after extensive nonsurgical treatment, but have concerns about undergoing traditional open back surgery, there are other surgical options for treating sciatica. Using state-of-the-art techniques, a minimally invasive approach to spine surgery possible — and patient education is an important part of learning about your condition and treatment options.

Sciatica definition

Sciatica is a set of symptoms resulting from compression of the sciatic nerve which originates in the lower back and runs down both sides of the lower body. Sciatic nerve compression can be caused by many conditions, such as a herniated disc or an arthritic bone spur, that cause narrowing of the already tight nerve passageways in the spine.

Upon diagnosis of a condition causing these symptoms, most doctors will recommend a course of nonsurgical treatments. Some of the methods that bring relief for patients include:

  • Rest
  • Physical therapy
  • Exercise
  • Pain or anti-inflammatory medication
  • Hot and cold compression
  • Epidural steroid injections
  • Lifestyle changes like quitting smoking or losing weight

Surgery can be recommended to treat sciatica if symptoms do not improve after weeks or months of conservative treatment.

A better way to treat sciatica

Traditional open back surgery is usually a last resort because of the complexity, risk and complication that can come with these procedures. Minimally invasive spine surgery at Laser Spine Institute is an alternative with many advantages compared to traditional open spine procedures.

Our team of board-certified surgeons+ have helped more than 75,000 patients with our state-of-the-art approach to spine surgery. Our highly skilled surgeons use a less than 1-inch incision to access the spine and help our patients avoid a lengthy recovery,^ unnecessary muscle damage and risk of complication. Laser Spine Institute’s minimally invasive outpatient procedures can address sciatica, spinal bone spurs, foraminal stenosis and many other common spine conditions.

For more information, contact Laser Spine Institute today. Our dedicated team can provide you with a no-cost MRI review* to find out if you are a candidate for our minimally invasive spine procedures.