Sciatica -- treatment with and without surgery --

Sciatica is often caused by a herniated disc. Severe herniated disks, especially ones that have associated weakness in the legs, or bowel/bladder symptoms are usually treated with surgery. This surgery is directed at removing the portion of the disc that is pressing on the nerve.

However, many people have mild to moderate sciatica (again, probably caused by mild disc bulges/herniations) that flares up on them every so often.

This type of sciatica can often be treated without surgery. As a matter of fact, numerous scientific studies have shown that the treatment of these types of sciatica/disc problems can result in the same long term outcome, measured 2 years after the initial injury.

The non-operative treatment of sciatica is directed at strengthening your muscles around the back and abdomen, while providing your back support for more strenuous activity. Please see our Low Back Pain Relief page for more information on what you can do to help your aching back.

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