What is Sciatica?

Sciatica is a condition in which the individual feels an acute pain that starts from their lower back which shoots down to their legs, in some cases reaching the feet of the affected patient. Usually, this condition can be easily cured by nonsurgical Sciatica Treatment that includes exercise and stretching. 

Causes of Sciatica Pain

Sciatica pain is caused when any part of the body like a bone spur or herniated disk compresses the sciatic nerve in your body.

Some people have reported, experiencing intense pain, while others feel weakness or tingling numbness in their legs. The symptoms of sciatica pain vary from patient to patient while some feel tingling pain, some also experience a tingling sensation in their body that is followed by a sharp pain. 

Other cause might also include:

  • Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
  • Isthmic Spondylolisthesis
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Lumbar Herniated Disc
  • Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction
  • Piriformis Syndrome

Surgical Sciatica Treatment

You might want to consider sciatica surgery under the following circumstances:

  • Persisted acute pain in legs for more than four weeks
  • Unable to find any relief despite trying multiple nonsurgical sciatica treatments like inflammatory medication, injections and physical therapy.
  • Losing the ability to participate in everyday task due to intense pain.

Microdiscectomy for Sciatica

Sciatica pain caused because of Lumbar disc herniation is surgery treated using microdiscectomy, a form of small open surgery that uses magnification. In this procedure, the part of a herniated disc that is compressing the sciatic nerve is removed from the body, while the rest of the disc is left inside the body.   

Lumbar Laminectomy for Sciatica

Sciatica pain caused because of lumbar spinal stenosis is cured via lumbar laminectomy. In this procedure, the portion of the disc material that is compressing the sciatic nerve is removed from the body. 

Nonsurgical Methods to cure Sciatica Pain

Ample of people have used at-home remedies and have found relief in their sciatica pain in a few weeks of indulging in these therapies. These nonsurgical treatments are perfect for people who are experiencing just mild sciatica pain that is not affecting their routine.

Physical Therapy

A physical therapist can help in developing a routine exercise plan for the patient that helps in improving their flexibility and posture that can eventually help in relieving the pressure off their sciatic nerve.

Medicines

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and acetaminophens like ibuprofen, naproxen, and aspirin can be used as an instant pain reliever. However, they shouldn’t be taken regularly without consulting a doctor.

Exercise/ Stretching

Inflammation in the body usually improves with regular motion in the body. Stretching also helps in losing the muscles allowing the body to feel any trauma due to any sudden jerking movement.

Cold & Hot Packs

Alternatively, use cold and hot packs on the affected parts of your muscles have also helped several people in dealing with sciatica pain.

Alternative Therapies

Many people rely on yoga, massage, acupuncture, and biofeedback therapies to help with their sciatica pain.

Benefits of Sciatica Treatment

Instant Relief - Most Sciatica treatments be it, surgical or nonsurgical promise instant relief.

Healthy Routine

As discussed above all nonsurgical sciatica treatments motivate patients to exercise, that automatically pushes the patients to live a healthy lifestyle.

What is the cost of Sciatica Treatment in India?

The cost of sciatica treatment varies from type to type. A surgical sciatica treatment can cost you between $15,000 to $50,000 as it requires a microdiscectomy, whereas the nonsurgical treatment will be available to you at just $200 to $1,000.

Are Sciatica Treatments effective?

Yes, most people tend to feel better few weeks after starting their nonsurgical therapies be it regular exercise, massages, or yoga. However, if you are experiencing acute sciatica pain, we recommend you to consider a surgery, which will help you get instant results. 

How much time does the Sciatica Treatment take to show any results?

Depending on the treatment of your choice nonsurgical sciatica treatment take two to three weeks to show visible results that can be felt by the patient.

You can read more about sciatica treatment and other diseases on our website. Leave a comment below if you have any queries regarding sciatic pain.