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Atlantic Spine Center Announces New Web Content on Sciatica Treatment; Renowned Surgeon Dr. Kaixuan Liu on Information and Help for Sciatica Victims
Date:12/28/2012

damaged spinal discs, which cushion the vertebrae.

New research published in the Annals of Internal Medicine indicates that epidural steroids provided better relief for some patients with sciatica than some anti-inflammatory drugs. While it was previously believed that mechanical problems such as degenerative disks or arthritis caused the vast majority of sciatica back pain, nerve-related pain can be a significant factor.

Dr. Liu explains that in cases where a patients’ pain worsens or symptoms haven’t improved after 2 to 3 months using conservative approaches, we recommend sciatica surgery to remove part of the ruptured disc that is pressing on the sciatic nerve. Dr. Liu highlights that minimally invasive surgeries are offered today to treat sciatica. The two most common surgeries for sciatica are discectomy or foraminotomy, which use a small endoscope, a thin, flexible tube with a tiny camera on the end that allows the surgeon to decompress the affected nerve by removing the bone or other tissue that is causing the compression.

“In an endoscopic procedure the incision is tiny, less than 10 mm, and discomfort and recovery time for the patient is much less than with traditional surgery,” Dr. Liu says. In general, approximately 90% to 95% of patients will experience relief from their sciatica pain after this type of surgery.

Causes of sciatica
The degeneration of aging discs, combined with sudden pressure, is a common cause of sciatica in people between 30 and 50 years of age. In addition, other factors are known to cause sciatica such as a pelvic fracture, ruptured intervertebral disc, or narrowing of the spinal canal (spinal stenosis) that puts pressure on the nerve. In some cases women experience sciatica during pregnancy and there is even some evidence that a thick wallet a ba
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