Sciatica: Surgical Treatment May Provide Only Temporary Pain Relief Interview with:
Chang Liu
Researcher, PHD Student
University of Sydney What is the background for this study?

Response: Sciatica is a common condition caused by lumbar nerve root compression and/or inflammation, usually due to a herniated disc. Non-surgical treatments, such as exercise, are recommended as the first step, with pharmacological and interventional options available if needed.

Surgery, specifically discectomy, is a common treatment for sciatica but evidence supporting its effectiveness is uncertain.