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Sciatica treatment options

If your sciatic nerve is compressed, you may experience a host of painful symptoms including burning, cramping, muscle weakness, tingling and numbness. The most characteristic symptom of sciatica is pain that begins in the lower back and travels through the hips and buttocks, down the leg and into the foot and toes. When the sciatic nerve is compressed, pain travels down the sciatic nerve, the longest nerve in the body. A bulging disc or bone spur can pinch the sciatic nerve, causing sciatica symptoms.

Conservative sciatica treatment

Most people that suffer from sciatica symptoms find that they can successfully manage symptoms using a combination of conservative treatment options. Conservative sciatica treatment options include:

  • Rest
  • Heat and ice therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Exercise and stretching
  • Pain medication
  • Lifestyle modification
  • Steroid injections

If you have tried conservative sciatica treatment for a few months but your symptoms persist, talk with you physician about surgical sciatica treatment. If left untreated, a compressed nerve can lead to permanent nerve and muscle damage.

Surgical sciatica treatment

At Laser Spine Institute we perform minimally invasive spine surgery to treat sciatica. Based off of your symptoms, overall health and location of compression, one of our highly skilled surgeons will recommend a tailored surgical treatment plan for your sciatica symptoms. The procedure recommended may include one or more of the following minimally invasive options:

  • Foraminotomy
  • Laminotomy
  • Discectomy
  • Transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion
  • Lateral lumbar interbody fusion

We have treated more than 75,000 patients and have a patient recommendation score of 98 out of 100^. Our minimally invasive procedures are performed using a less than 1-inch incision in order to minimize disruption to surrounding muscles and soft tissue. The small incision site helps Laser Spine Institute patients have a much lower infection and complication rate compared to other providers. In fact, 88 percent of our patients return to daily activities within three months.

Contact Laser Spine Institute today to learn more about sciatica treatment and to find out if you are a candidate for one of our minimally invasive procedures performed at our Tampa location.