Sciatica Treatment From Experienced Spine Specialists in Lander, WY
The sciatica treatment options available from the spine experts at Teton Orthopaedics in Lander, WY, are designed to address painful symptoms caused by compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve. Rather than referring to a specific condition, the term “sciatica” describes to a group of symptoms that can vary widely in intensity. In some people, the discomfort is relatively mild and tolerable; in others, it has been likened to the agonizing pain of a bad toothache.
The largest and longest nerve in the body, the sciatic nerve spans from the lower spine through the back of each leg to the feet. Due to its extensive pathway, an inflamed sciatic nerve can produce discomfort in the lower back, buttocks, legs, or feet. For instance, some sciatica symptoms that may require treatment include:
- Tingling and burning sensations
Every day, the lower back endures a significant amount of wear and tear as the spine bends, twists, and carries a portion of the body’s weight through a wide range of motions. The effects of this wear and tear can build up over time. In fact, the number one cause of excess pressure on the sciatic nerve is degenerative changes in the spine related to the natural aging process. That’s why sciatica treatment is sought by so many adults after they reach middle age.
Usually, the spine experts at Teton Orthopaedics in Lander, Wyoming, will begin a patient’s sciatica treatment conservatively, recommending a customized regimen of physical therapy, medications, or injections, as appropriate. While sciatica can also be treated with surgery, we generally reserve this approach as a last resort, mainly because nonsurgical options are very effective for most patients.
If you’d like to learn more about the sciatica treatment options available at Teton Orthopaedics, contact us to schedule an appointment at our office in Lander, WY.