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 & Joint 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