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What is the best treatment for sciatica- injections or physical therapy?

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Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management
4 doctors agree

In brief: Hard to Say

Injections will give you pain relief early, but PT can be just as helpful but will take time to get relief.
There is new research coming out that when you are in a lot of pain, you're body actually stops you from performing exercises so that you may not benefit from PT initially. So we believe that if you at least improve your pain first, you can then proceed with the exercise therapy programs.

In brief: Hard to Say

Injections will give you pain relief early, but PT can be just as helpful but will take time to get relief.
There is new research coming out that when you are in a lot of pain, you're body actually stops you from performing exercises so that you may not benefit from PT initially. So we believe that if you at least improve your pain first, you can then proceed with the exercise therapy programs.
Dr. Qamar Khan
Dr. Qamar Khan
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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: Best is what works

The best therapy is what works.
That being said, it is generally preferred that we utilize non-invasive treatments (physical therapy, medications, etc.) before we utilize invasive treatments (injections, surgery, etc.).

In brief: Best is what works

The best therapy is what works.
That being said, it is generally preferred that we utilize non-invasive treatments (physical therapy, medications, etc.) before we utilize invasive treatments (injections, surgery, etc.).
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
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Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine

In brief: See below

Usually i found sciatica is best treated with physical therapy however if the patient cannot do pt because of too much pain or it is not getting better with pt, i will usually do an epidural cortisone injection and pt.
This resolves things in the majority of cases. In cases where it does not resolve or if there is such severe pain that the patient cannot move or progressive weakness , surgery.

In brief: See below

Usually i found sciatica is best treated with physical therapy however if the patient cannot do pt because of too much pain or it is not getting better with pt, i will usually do an epidural cortisone injection and pt.
This resolves things in the majority of cases. In cases where it does not resolve or if there is such severe pain that the patient cannot move or progressive weakness , surgery.
Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
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