Causes of Sciatica

Sciatica is usually caused by irritation of one of the nerve roots which makes up the sciatic nerve. That irritation can be due to a Herniated Disc, bone spur, or spinal narrowing.

Treatment of Sciatica

In most cases, sciatica will heal in a few weeks with some simple at-home remedies, including heat, ice, pain medications. For more severe nerve pain that is reoccurring, a more involved routine may be required which includes regular injections and physical therapy. When leg pain has persisted for over a month and other treatment options have been attempted, sciatic surgery may be necessary. There are two common forms of sciatic surgeries – Microdiscectomy and Lumbar Laminectomy.

Our Approach to Sciatica

At the Phoenix Spine Surgery Center, we treat Sciatica by decompressing the irritated nerve root which gives rise to the problem. Sometimes this involved removing herniated disc, in other cases decompression of a Pinched Nerve.

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Additional Resources

Learn about Spinal Decompression as a possible solution

Explore Nerve Root Pain in the Your Pain section