Sciatica treatment accounts for a sizeable portion of back pain care within the medical system today.
Sciatica is one of the most widely experienced of all lower back pain syndromes and affects countless lives around the world.
Treating sciatica is a multi-billion dollar industry, with doctors, therapists, chiropractors, orthotic makers, physical therapists, surgical device designers and especially pharmaceutical manufacturers, all competing for your hard earned money.
This important resource section provides an overview of various approaches to conservative, moderate and invasive sciatica care.
Individually focused articles
each detail a particular treatment option, so the patient will be able
to better select the right choice of therapy to suit their specific
needs and expectations.
Conservative Sciatica Treatment
Conservative care is almost always indicated for sciatica and should not progress to include drastic or invasive interventions unless there is simply no other option available.
Some of these options for sciatica therapy are far more effective than others, but all are symptomatic treatments, with the exception of chiropractic, which might on rare occasions enact a cure for the pain.
The most common conservative treatments for sciatica include:
Moderate & Drastic Sciatica Treatment
Sciatica epidural injections are commonly prescribed for patients who do not respond to more conservative measures.
While epidurals, such as steroid injections, represent an escalation of care, they are typically just a new form of pharmaceutical treatment and are also symptomatic in nature, with the possible exception of prolotherapy and flushing solutions specifically for ruptured disc induced chemical radiculitis.
Other varieties of hypodermic therapy include lidocaine for sciatica, which is a popular anesthetic injection and patch therapy, and Botox for sciatica, which is a great form of long lasting muscular spasm therapy.
Non-surgical spinal decompression qualifies as a moderate option simply for the considerable cost and time requirement of the treatment.
For patients with some verifiable structurally-induced pain conditions which have not resolved through conservative care, spinal decompression is one of the very best treatment options. This is especially true for disc-related sciatica concerns, such as herniations causing pinched nerves or spinal stenosis.
Sciatica surgery is the end of the line when it comes to sciatica therapy options. Surgery should always be a last resort, but is often performed both prematurely and even unnecessarily.
Alternative Sciatica Treatment
Knowledge therapy is a completely different approach to sciatica care. This treatment uses no physical modalities whatsoever and actually encourages a patient to cease their reliance on all manner of medical and complementary care practices. This makes the treatment perfect from an economical point of view, especially when you consider that the therapy is free.
Knowledge therapy demonstrates excellent curative results for a wide range of mindbody-enacted back and leg pain syndromes and its statistics for permanently resolving chronic pain are well documented in the literary offerings of such noted physicians as Dr. John E. Sarno, Dr. Deepak Chopra and Dr. Andrew Weil.
therapy is unique amongst popular back and neck pain therapies, since
it has no risks. Patients who try this approach literally have nothing
at all to lose, except their pain.
Advice on Sciatica Treatment
The most important part of achieving successful treatment for sciatica is starting with an accurate and correct diagnosis.
As I describe throughout the site, misdiagnosis of sciatic symptoms is rampant and is the usual reason for therapy to fail in resolving the painful complaint. This is especially true when the patient has already tried multiple treatment options without success.
Please read any or all of the above article pages for detailed information on any of these treatment options.
In fact, I highly recommend learning about all your possible selections before choosing any singular path to treatment.
Sciatica Treatment to Sciatica
6/28/08 Revised 9/14/13
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