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A 35-year-old member asked:

can sciatica be repaired?

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Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 36 years experience
Possibly: If by "repaired" you mean pain alleviated and the condition reversed. Sciatica is a layman's term for pain in the leg. Is is often caused by irritation of a spinal nerve (e.g. Due to herniated disc). There is a procedure to relieve the pain and let the disc heal. It is a "cold" radio frequency procedure on the nerve root called pulsed rf. I have written about it-look up articles-see web.
Dr. William Newton
Pain Management 19 years experience
Yes and no: Sciatica that results from a disc herniation compressing or irritating a nerve in the lower back could potentially be cured with surgery. Most sciatica will improve with time and conservative treatment. The body does the best job at healing itself.
Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management 17 years experience
Spine Pain Options: This chronic pain in the distribution as you suggested is the result of an irritated nerve or facet joints or other injury typically in the lumbar spine (low back) which are caused by herniated disks, spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease, etc requiring further evaluation by a spine specialist and may be candidate for facet injections/radiofrequency ablation and epidural steroid injection.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

I have severe sciatica. Can you suggest something for driving a car?

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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Ice & lumbar support: Having had sciatica from a herniated lumbar disc, here is what i found helpful for driving: ice pack to the back before a long drive, ice after the drive, lumbar support pillow, tilting the seat forward but also reclining the back slightly, limit your driving time based on comfort level.
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A 35-year-old member asked:

How does an osteopath help in sciatica?

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Muscle: Sciatica can be caused by nerve impingement due to tight muscles. If this is the cause, an osteopathic physician can help. With certain techniques, the physician can help decrease the muscle tone and hopefully alleviate some of the symptoms.
Dr. David Miller
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This is something that even a First Year osteopathic medical student can often successfully treat. Well worth tracking down your local DO for some help.
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A 24-year-old member asked:

Is yoga beneficial for a person suffering from sciatica?

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Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 40 years experience
Perhaps: Yoga is a type of exercise that can increase strength, coordination and flexibility. When practiced within the limits of discomfort it may help give relief. Your personal response may vary. It is safe, and the risk is low, so give it a try if you are so inclined.
Dr. Bettina Herbert
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 20 years experience
Talk with the instructor first and go over your health history. Do only what you feel comfortable with, esp at first. Sometimes there are gentle yoga or 'yoga for seniors' classes that are a good intro. Tai chi or qi gong are other options as are "awareness through movement' classes offered by Feldenkrais teachers.
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A 25-year-old member asked:

Can I use moist heating pad to manage sciatica?

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Dr. Chintan Sampat
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 18 years experience
Yes: The sciatic nerve can be irritated because of a herniated disc, arthritis that results in tightening of the spinal canal, falls, injuries, or other rare reasons (tumors, infections). Anti-inflammatory medications, alternating heat/cold therapy, physical therapy (especially with traction) can be helpful to relieve sciatic pain.
A 33-year-old member asked:

How long does sciatica generally last?

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Dr. Shannon McCanna
Neurosurgery 24 years experience
About six weeks: The shooting pain of sciatica down your leg can be frightening and uncomfortable but is not life-threatening. If you notice that your foot starts to drag when you walk, or you have bowel or bladder incontinence, you should contact your family doctor immediately. Also, if you feel you cannot stand the pain, you can visit your family doctor for evaluation and possible referral to a specialist.

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