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Can acupuncture work for sciatica pain?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Yes, however....: Acupuncture can be very beneficial for sciatica. But here is the thing about sciatica- it always has an underlying cause. Best to find out what the cause of your sciatica is. That way the specific condition can be treated. Acupuncture is a great adjunct as it can treat inflammation & pain (but will not cure a fixed anatomic problem).
Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management 17 years experience
Possibly: Although not understood fully, acupuncture has shown good success in some pain syndromes. Only way to know is try it out. If after a few treatments you can't see a difference I would seek out a pain/spine specialist for other options.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
I treat a lot of sciatica with acupuncture. Underlying problem needs to be addressed.
Jul 8, 2014

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Can acupuncture help sciatica? Does acupuncture ever help with sciatica pain?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Absolutely: Acupuncture can be very effective for the treatment of sciatic pain. Sciatica is always caused by another condition. This should be evaluated by your physician so that the underlying cause can be addressed.

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