If you’re experiencing intense pain in your lower back and down one or both of your legs, it’s very possible that your sciatic nerve is afflicted. The sciatic nerve is a large nerve that extends from your lower back all the way down your legs. The well-functioning of this important nerve can make simple activities like walking or bending over an easy-to-do activity. But, if this nerve is distressed, you may feel debilitated. Fortunately, you don’t have to live with the pain. Discover how lumbar disc surgery can relieve you from sciatica pain:
Lumbar Disc Surgery & Sciatica Pain
Lumbar disc surgery is considered a minimally invasive procedure that has very high success rates. This surgery relieves pressure on nerve roots caused by a herniated disc. (This herniated disc is what causes sciatica pain.)
During the procedure, your GNI surgeon will create a small incision in your back and create an access point to the affected area. Using instruments, your surgeon will gently move aside spinal nerves to get to the herniated portion of the disc. He will then remove that portion which will relieve painful pressure on the nerves.
Causes of Sciatica Pain & How to Avoid It
Sciatica pain can be caused by various conditions such as lumbar spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, and spondylolisthesis. If you’ve been diagnosed with any of these conditions and are experiencing pain in the lower back, don’t hesitate to talk to a GNI specialist about lumbar disc surgery.
Conditions or diseases are not the only factors that cause sciatica pain. Factors such as a lack of exercise, being obese, wearing high heels often, and sleeping on a bad mattress can cause intense pain in the lower back, as well. Make sure to exercise often, eat healthy, wear shoes that support your body weight, and switch out your mattress if needed.