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Osteopathic Treatments Sciatica
Sciatica: Rest, finding the position of comfort that gives you the least amount of pain, eventually stretching exercises to take the pressure off of the nerve, leading to strengthening exercises to reduce recurrence. Good body mechanics and core muscle building. Mild pain meds like ibuprofen. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Low back pain is pain that occurs in the back above the buttock area and below the ribs. Low back pain can be sharp, dull, intermittent or constant. Pain can be at rest or associated with activity. Back pain can also be accompanied with pain that shoots or radiates down into the lower extremities or legs which is frequently ...Read more
Options: You have multiple options, the mainstay of treatment are interdisciplinary and include physical therapy, acupuncture, medications (anti-inflammatories, nerve pain agents) and epidural steroid injections. Depending on your response surgery may need to be considered. There continue to be emerging technologies to treat sciatica in a minimally invasive fashion. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Usually nothing: In most cases nothing, as it will often resolve on its own. Physical therapy, anti-inflammatories, and activity modification all help to speed up the process. Rarely does pain persist, but when it does patients have other treatment options to help reduce symptoms. A spine specialist such as a physiatrist can prescribe specific exercises depending on the specific cause of sciatica. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Sciatica: If the sciatica is caused by a bulging or ruptured disk, avoid putting much pressure on your spine by avoiding heavy lifting or prolonged standing, intensive coughing or severe straining for bowel movement. In my experience most cases improve without surgery by 6or8 weeks. Have you had an MRI to see what the pathology is? Have you seen a spine specialist for more advice? ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I have severe sciatica for about 1 year now. Done everything from pt to accupuncture. Now i hear about osteopathic. What is this?
Osteopathic Eval: Some osteopathic physicians do manipulation to see if a vertebrae is dislocated and he/she can offer treatment by trying to correct the pathology. If this does not help, it could be pathology in your spine that needs to be further evaluation. Recommend seeing a pain/spine specialist. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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