Medical facilities offering treatment for sciatica-caused back pain include North Shore-LIJ Health System and Northwest Pain Relief Centers, Rush University Medical Center and OrthoWilmington, according to their respective websites. Rush and OrthoWilmington offer both surgical and nonsurgical treatments, while North Shore-LIJ and Northwest specialize in nonsurgical treatments.Continue Reading
Sciatica is pain caused by the compression of the sciatic nerve, reports Mayo Clinic. Sciatic pain typically radiates along the lower back, hips, buttocks and lower limbs, mirroring the path of the sciatic nerve. Self-care measures, such as stretches, application of hot and cold packs on the affected site and over-the-counter medications such as naproxen and ibuprofen, are generally effective for the vast majority of sufferers.
Such treatments may prove inadequate for some patients, requiring the use of more potent solutions, notes Mayo Clinic. These include prescription drugs such as anti-seizure medications, narcotics, muscle relaxants and tricyclic antidepressants. In certain cases, sufferers may require corticosteroid injections at the affected nerve root to reduce inflammation and pain. If sciatica fails to respond to typical treatments or causes bowel or bladder incontinence, surgery is a possible treatment option.
Alternative treatments for sciatica and lower back pain include chiropractic adjustments and acupuncture, according to Mayo Clinic.Learn more about Pain & Symptoms