Video: Non-surgical Treatment for Sciatica

What a Spine Surgeon Recommends Before Trying Surgery for Sciatica

Dr. Alex Vaccaro, an orthopaedic surgeon and professor at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, talks about the non-surgical treatment options for sciatica.  Conservative treatments are always tried first, except in the most severe cases (where you have, for example, lost bowel or bladder control).

Dr. Vaccaro mentions his three main recommendations for patients with sciatica:  physical therapy, anti-inflammatories, and injections.  He’s found those treatment options most helpful for his patients, and he considers them his “first line of offense” in treating sciatica.

As a reassurance, Dr. Vaccaro points out that 75%-85% of sciatica patients find relief with non-surgical treatments.

To learn more about your non-surgical options, you can read our overview of sciatica treatments.

Updated on: 06/02/14
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