Treatment for sciatica may depend on the underlying cause of the condition. Chiropractic care is one of the most popular non-invasive options for treating sciatica.
The chiropractor will first perform a thorough examination to determine the root cause of the pain. Treatment options may include spinal adjustments, therapeutic exercises, spinal traction, and soft tissue therapy.
The beauty with Chiropractic is that an experienced Chiropractor always addresses the underlying issues, not just the symptoms, to deliver long term results by skillfully stimulating the body’s natural healing power through corrective care.
In addition to chiropractic care, other non-holistic treatment options may include over-the-counter (OTC) or prescription medications, hot/cold therapy, and physical therapy.
Targeted spinal injections of cortisol between the affected facet joint in the lumbar spine is one way in which the NHS and private surgeons can numb the affected area and bring temporary symptomatic relief. The effects of cortisone acetate based lumbar numbing, lasts around three months on average.
Spine surgery is typically a last resort option for those with severe or chronic sciatica who have not found relief using other non-invasive options.
Injected cortisol acetate and spinal surgery are both available through the NHS as well as privately through clinics such as the Harley Street’s London Spine Unit in London. For patients who have not achieved relief from sciatica Harley Street’s private clinic may be a suitable option. If you have private health insurance, consider contacting your provider for a list of alternative nearby providers.
We stress that surgery in the spine should be considered as a last resort after more conventional natural methods have not delivered the desired results. The reason behind this is that spinal surgery is clearly more invasive, carries a higher risk and often creates structural changes that may have a knock-on effect over time requiring further surgery.
If we take a spinal fusion surgery as an example, it works by joining together two or more vertebrae so there is no more movement between them. Whilst effective in reducing symptoms and pain, it also forces other vertebrae to adapt and become more mobile.
This may lead to hypermobility over time which can trigger other symptoms and issues causing pain, thus creating issues further down the line. Sciatica surgery cost UK will vary depending on the provider and prices may range anywhere between £3,500 all the way up to £35,000 and above.