A member asked:

I was diagnosed with sciatica about a year ago. some days i have bad flare ups making it hard to walk. would walking with a cane help?

3 doctors weighed in across 2 answers
Dr. Bennett Machanic answered

Specializes in Neurology

Need to understand cause of sciatica, and if due to herniated disc, with occasional flares due to root compression, might consider epidural steroid injection, or even surgery. Do not see value to use of a cane, and you might be safer with a walker. Best to see physiatrist and get some rehab guidance.

Answered Nov 6, 2013


Dr. Qamar Khan answered

Specializes in Pain Management

However at your age, walking with a cane is a temporary situation. If you haven't had your back imaged you will need that done to see why you are hurting. Since this is been going on for over a year, i would consider seeing if you are a candidate for epidural steroid injections, facet injections, or even surgery. You should be able to get over this with some treatment options and exercise.

Answered Oct 22, 2015



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