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My mom was diagnosed with sciatica, and a torn meniscus, what can she do for it, what sort of treatment?

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Dr. Howard Feinberg
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
5 doctors agree

In brief: Physical therapy

Physical therapy is the most important treatment for these problems.
It has been shown to slow or stop progression of the problem. Other treatments include arthritis medications, wedge insoles, taping of the knee, injections, and surgery. Regardless of what other treatments are used physical therapy should be part of the treatment.

In brief: Physical therapy

Physical therapy is the most important treatment for these problems.
It has been shown to slow or stop progression of the problem. Other treatments include arthritis medications, wedge insoles, taping of the knee, injections, and surgery. Regardless of what other treatments are used physical therapy should be part of the treatment.
Dr. Howard Feinberg
Dr. Howard Feinberg
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Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management
2 doctors agree

In brief: Epidural Steroid Inj

She may be a candidate for epidural steroid injections for the sciatica.
The torn meniscus requires time to heal and may need surgery for correction.

In brief: Epidural Steroid Inj

She may be a candidate for epidural steroid injections for the sciatica.
The torn meniscus requires time to heal and may need surgery for correction.
Dr. Qamar Khan
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Dr. Tariq Niazi
Orthopedic Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Both can ; should be

Treated conservatively, initially, with pain meds, crutches/walker for partial wb, ice/heat pads ; pt.
If getting worse/no relief/developing more symptoms, eg, knee giving way under with recurrent falls, or locking episodes, then a scope surgery with removal/repair may be needed. Similarly the sciatica maybe treated surgically by removing the offending disc (s) or releasing nerve. Good luck.

In brief: Both can ; should be

Treated conservatively, initially, with pain meds, crutches/walker for partial wb, ice/heat pads ; pt.
If getting worse/no relief/developing more symptoms, eg, knee giving way under with recurrent falls, or locking episodes, then a scope surgery with removal/repair may be needed. Similarly the sciatica maybe treated surgically by removing the offending disc (s) or releasing nerve. Good luck.
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