Properly Treating Sciatica Pain

Finding the right treatment type for relief from Sciatica Pain can be just as frustrating as the condition itself. If you are experiencing any sciatica symptoms, it is important to reach out and be seen by a trained physician who specializes in the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of Sciatica Pain.

Effective Sciatica Pain Treatment

Advances in the conservative and minimally-invasive treatment of Sciatica Pain have resulted in exciting options for patients who had resigned themselves to either suffering in constant pain or undergoing painful and risky “open” operations to correct the problem. Today there are many effective Sciatica Pain treatment options that can spell long-term relief for people who are suffering.

Sciatica Pain Treatment Options

At BASIC, our goal is to provide each patient with a customized Sciatica Pain treatment plan that first attempts pain relief through the use of the least-invasive and most effective options a period after the word options.

Non-Surgical Treatments for Sciatica Pain

Sciatica Exercises

Though certain exercises may not be recommended for people suffering from Sciatica Pain, especially in its acute stage, it is important to otherwise maintain a regular exercise regimen. Whether that is taking long walks or other ways of elongating the spine, exercises are an important part of any Sciatica Pain treatment plan.

Sciatica Stretches

As the sciatic nerve heals from damage or injury to it, it is important to stay active. The right type of motion can actually help reduce the inflammation and pain caused by sciatica. The expert physical therapy team at BASIC shows each patient how to gently stretch the legs and low back which can relieve pressure on the sciatic nerve.

Physical Therapy for Sciatica Pain

Treatment of Sciatica Pain can involve physical therapy as part of a conservative treatment plan because the causes of Sciatica Pain can be the result of muscle strain due to improper body mechanics. From techniques designed to address the underlying cause of sciatica to those designed to minimize or reduce the risk of future sciatica episodes, the expert physical therapy team at BASIC works with each patient to restore full and pain-free range of motion in the low-back. Many people suffering the painful effects of sciatica can benefit from non-invasive physical therapy as a successful initial treatment step.

Chiropractic Adjustments for Sciatica Relief

Regarded as a conservative, non-surgical but effective Sciatica Pain treatment option, chiropractic adjustments to relieve pain and pressure in the low-back are designed to achieve a number of goals based on the type of adjustment that is applied. In some cases, chiropractic adjustments on the lumbar spine are applied to reposition a disc, loosen fibrous tissue, reduce compression or irritation on the sciatic or other nerves, or to release part of a joint capsule that has become trapped. Low-back chiropractic adjustments (also known as “lumbar manipulation”) apply specific pressure to the lumbar spine, thereby working to improve mobility and reduce or eliminate Sciatica Pain.Patient Testimonial

Chiropractic Adjustments for Sciatica Pain
Basic Chiropractic expert Dr. Leach discusses Chiropractic adjustments as a Sciatica Pain Treatment

Non-Surgical Lumbar Decompression

One low-back pain treatment intended for people who wish to avoid spine surgery, spinal decompression is a relaxing therapy achieved through the use of a mechanical traction device applied through an on-board computer that controls force and angle of disc distraction. The goal of this treatment is to reduce pressure on lumbar discs and surrounding nerves, while allowing for damaged discs to heal.

Spinal Decompression for Sciatica Pain Treatment

Sciatica Pain Medication

For some patients, treatment of Sciatica Pain with medication is enough to resolve the pain and is often a first treatment step. Depending on the cause of the pain, medications may include non-aspirin pain relievers or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen and naproxen. For more severe inflammatory conditions affecting the sciatic nerve, it may be necessary to address the pain with prescription drugs such as Corticosteroids, or cortisone-like drugs that are intended to treat the inflammation which is causing the Sciatica Pain.

Minimally-Invasive Surgical Treatments for Low-Back Pain

Minimally invasive treatments for Sciatica Pain can usually be performed on an outpatient basis, often with patients going home the same day.  There are a variety of minimally invasive procedures that can be used to treat conditions affecting the lumbar spine and our expert team at BASIC can help you understand and decide on which treatment option is best for you.

Lumbar Foraminotomy

Narrowing of the spinal canal in the lumbar area of the spine may have occurred as the result of lumbar stenosis, trauma, compression or other causes. Lumbar foraminotomy is a minimally invasive treatment that widens the opening in the lumbar spine where the nerve roots, including the sciatic nerve, leave the spinal canal. Foraminotomy takes pressure off of the affected nerve or nerves in the spinal column and allows them to move more easily. This procedure may be performed on any level of the spine, including for the treatment of conditions causing Sciatica Pain.

Lumbar Microdiscectomy

The purpose of a minimally invasive microdiscectomy as a treatment for Sciatica Pain is to decompress the affective nerves in the lumbar spine or to remove a herniated disc or bone fragment that is pressing on them. With new technology, lumbar microdiscectomy allows for a much smaller incision to be made and decreased disruption of surrounding muscles and tissue, resulting in a faster recovery time than traditional “open” lumbar surgery techniques.

Lumbar Microdiscectomy for Sciatica Pain Treatment
BASIC Orthopaedic Spine expert Dr. Patel discusses Lumbar Microdiscetomy Surgery as a treatment for Sciatica Pain

Epidural Steroid Injections (Therapeutic)

In severe cases of extreme Sciatica Pain, spine experts may recommend epidural steroid injections as part of the Sciatica Pain treatment plan. During a lumbar epidural steroid injection, a local anesthetic medication is injected into the lumbar joint suspected to be causing the patient’s Sciatica Pain. If the Sciatica Pain has been properly diagnosed, this treatment option can be successful in delivering adequate Sciatica Pain relief.

Epidural Steroid Injections for Sciatic Pain
BasicSpine’s Dr. Farahmand talks about the use of Epidural Steroid Injections as treatment for Sciatic Pain

Stem Cell Therapy Injection

Our BASIC physician team has pioneered stem cell therapy techniques designed to treat a multitude of spine conditions, including Sciatica Pain. By using the regenerative powers of embryonic stem cells and amniotic tissue, a minimally invasive stem cell therapy injection takes less than 45 minutes to complete and has the potential to change the lives of people suffering from low-back and Sciatica Pain for the better. These proprietary techniques performed only by our BASIC neurosurgeons are designed to innovatively treat the conditions that result in Sciatica Pain.

Prolonged Sciatica Pain, especially if it affects a person’s ability to function normally, should not be ignored as it is often a sign of an underlying condition.  While spine surgery is a last resort in most cases, if the Sciatica Pain is the result of a condition that isn’t resolving with conservative care, surgery may be the next best option.  Our board certified neurological and spine surgeons are committed to providing the most effective and minimally invasive Sciatica Pain treatment options to get you back to living a pain free life as soon as possible.

Stem Cell Therapy Injections for Sciatica Pain Relief
BASIC Spine expert Dr. Ty discusses Stem Cell Therapy Injection as a promising treatment options for
Sciatica Pain

Sciatic Pain Symptoms Health Tips

  • Exercise Regularly – this helps keep the spine, muscles and ligaments healthy.
  • Maintain a healthy body weight – obesity or extreme weight gain can make sciatica worse
  • Wear supportive footwear – high heels and other non-supportive shoes can put unnecessary stress on the sciatic nerve
  • Sleep right – make sure your mattress isn’t too soft as this can make sciatica pain symptoms worse

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