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Treatment For Sciatica
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
My Brother 28 went Dr Friday w/ back pain told was Sciatica, Today went to Hospital by Ambulance. MRI show herniated disk. What is treatment for this?
Sciatica.: Sciatica is the symptom complex that results from a herniated disc that compresses the sciatic nerve. Management depends on how bad the herniation is and how many herniations there are in total. Could be physical therapy, NSAIDs and muscle relaxers, injections or even minor or major surgical procedures. He should bring his MRI to a spine specialist for a consultation. ...Read more
Osteopath: On-going low back pain in senior male needs examination to rule out tumors, aneurysm, infection, herniated disk & Ankylosing Spondylitis. If no diagnosis other than "muscle spasm" try alternative therapies: If manipulation & acupuncture not immediately effective then massage, Aqua-therapy, biofeedback & yoga might benefit. Cannabis is helpful to allay pain and increase sleep. See an Osteopath. ...Read more
Not usually: Treatments such as physical therapy, injections or surgery tend to target only that particular area of the body or spine. However, if medication (oral or injected) is absorbed into the blood stream, it can be distributed and exert effect all over the body. This may explain why the steroid injection in your neck or back sometimes makes your aching knee feel better. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
MANY OPTIONS: Too many to discuss truly. I would suggest seeing a spine surgeon to discuss your options. ...Read more
Rarely the problem: A sacralized L5 segement suggests that this level is fused with the sacrum. This means there is no motion at the disc so should not cause pain. In some people, they can have a pseudo-articulation (or false joint) form where L5 and s1 are still connected. This can be a pain generator but can be tough to treat. A diagnostic injection can help determine if this where the pain is coming from. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes Many: Sacralization of the L5 is not generally the only problem you may have. Often times the spinal levels above them cause more problems, however I would suggest seeing a spine/pain fellowship trained physician who can address your real concerns and educate you on what to do for relief and what you may be able to do to maintain relief as well. ...Read more
Having intense low back pain due to ddd (diagnosed 20+ yrs ago, i'm in my mid 30's). I'm active, no alternative treatment seems to help?
Active PTSD (CBT/meds) with clinical treatment for chronic low back pain and Morton's neuroma. Is PTSD a neurological disease?
PTSD: does not mean your brain is damaged. it does mean that your brain and the rest of your body is responding to past trauma and trying to file it away more comfortably, so to speak. Consider seeing a clinical psychologist who specializes in PTSD. Avoid generic ones who will treat but are not experienced in it. Peace and good health. ...Read more
I have left low back pain and left front thigh pain when standing fully erect after a back strain. 62, lean, very fit dancer. What is treatment?
Visit Your Doctor: It is possible that you have lumbar degenerative disease with possible nerve root impingement causing the pain in your thigh which is referred to as radicular pain when coming from the back. You should see your primary care physician to be evaluated as other conditions could also cause these symptoms and you are deserving of an examination and work-up. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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