Because sciatica differs from patient to patient, it must be treated on an individualized basis. There are many conditions which can cause sciatica and the treatment for one patient may not work for another. A combination of treatments is often the most effective and may begin with conservative treatment such as:
- Physical therapy
- Alternating heat and ice therapy
- Anti-inflammatory medications (ibuprofen, naproxen, etc.)
- Over the counter pain medications
- Possible epidural steroid injections
The fact of the matter is, sciatica can last much longer for one patient than it does for another depending on the cause. Depending on the diagnosis and underlying condition that is causing sciatica, surgery may be a better treatment option for some patients. The appropriate surgical procedure will depend on the underlying condition and our experts at SCCNS will evaluate the benefits of any type of surgery with each patient in order to allow them to be part of the treatment process and be able to make an informed decision about their treatment options. We are at the forefront of the most minimally invasive surgical procedures to treat sciatica and the underlying conditions. And we will work with you to formulate the best treatment plan available.