Seeing a Chiropractor for Sciatica
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Seeing a Chiropractor for Sciatica

Question: Would Seeing a Chiropractor for Sciatica Help?

My CT scan shows bulging at L4-L5 and L5-S1. The bulging is causing sciatica on my left side and leg pain.

Would seeing a chiropractor help or hinder the sciatica?


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Doctor’s Response to Chiropractic Sciatica Question

Chiropractic treatment or other conservative (non-surgical) treatments are reasonable in this case.

Conservative treatments for disc herniations and sciatica are reasonable for the first six to twelve weeks after the onset of symptoms. Chiropractic care is a reasonable option during this period of time.

Other options include physical therapy, NSAIDs, narcotics, or epidural injections. If you do not improve within several weeks you may want to try other conservative treatment options, or if the pain is severe, consider surgery.

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In Spine-health’s Doctor Advice section, physicians respond to frequently asked questions about back pain issues. These responses represent the opinion of one physician, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the broader medical community. The advice presented has not been peer reviewed by Spine-health’s medical advisory board.

Article written by: Peter F. Ullrich, Jr., MD