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How does an osteopath help in sciatica?

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Holly Barth
General Practice
4 doctors agree

In brief: Muscle

Sciatica can be caused by nerve impingement due to tight muscles.
If this is the cause, an osteopathic physician can help. With certain techniques, the physician can help decrease the muscle tone and hopefully alleviate some of the symptoms.

In brief: Muscle

Sciatica can be caused by nerve impingement due to tight muscles.
If this is the cause, an osteopathic physician can help. With certain techniques, the physician can help decrease the muscle tone and hopefully alleviate some of the symptoms.
Holly Barth
Holly Barth
Answer assisted by Holly Barth, Medical Student
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David Miller
This is something that even a First Year osteopathic medical student can often successfully treat. Well worth tracking down your local DO for some help.
2 doctors agree

In brief: Manipulation

An osteopath can manipulate the tissue/joints to help with sciatica.
You may also be taught done stretches that will help.

In brief: Manipulation

An osteopath can manipulate the tissue/joints to help with sciatica.
You may also be taught done stretches that will help.
Dr. Michelle Gordon
Dr. Michelle Gordon
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Dr. Clarence Lyons
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Depends

It depends.
They would need to do an exam and find what needs to be done and then talk to you about the treatment options.

In brief: Depends

It depends.
They would need to do an exam and find what needs to be done and then talk to you about the treatment options.
Dr. Clarence Lyons
Dr. Clarence Lyons
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Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Qamar Khan
Dr. Qamar Khan
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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine

In brief: Just like any other

Doctor can in helping to manage care with medication, prescribing physical therapy or even pain management like epidural steroid injections while educating the patient about this diagnosis.
In addition, an osteopath can also provide manipulative therapy as well when indicated.

In brief: Just like any other

Doctor can in helping to manage care with medication, prescribing physical therapy or even pain management like epidural steroid injections while educating the patient about this diagnosis.
In addition, an osteopath can also provide manipulative therapy as well when indicated.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Dr. Thomas Dowling
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