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Best Sciatica Doctor In the Country? Is there such a thing???

gekmoggekmo Posts: 1
Is there a true specialist out there who is world renowned? I am in Seattle and pretty fed up with my treatment. I would gladly fly to another city to meet with someone who is well known for treating sciatic issues.

I have had Sciatica on and off now for 3 years and have wasted tons of money and time. Many docs of different specialties, many different physical therapists, several chiropractors, not helpful. None of my tests or imagery even shows up a problem...supposedly so I can't even explore a procedure even if I wanted to! My primary doctor who I actually trust the most since he too has a back problem tells me that surgery is only 50-50 success rate but I am willing to explore any option at this point.

My pain obviously is very real and no matter what I do to treat it I know that once I set it off I am in store for several months of pain no matter what before it clears up. No matter how careful I am and how many back exercises I do on a regular basis I can't go more than 5 months of being mostly pain free before serious sciatic issues are set off.

Thanks for your help or advice!


  • docs who would say they are the best but...

    I would suggest you finding a neurosurgeon or orthopedic surgeon who was a fellow and board certified and specializes in spine issues. There are plenty in the city where you live.

    Sounds like you have been going the conservative route thus far.

    Good luck.

  • I had read that the "Mxxx Clinic" in Rochester, MN is supposed to be one of the best for surgery. I looked into them to help me figure out why I am still in pain 8 months after surgery in Connecticut and they told me that they were not equipped to diagnose chronic pain issues. I was quite shocked to hear that.

    I have also heard that the "Hospxxxx for Special Surgery" in New York is supposed to have some of the best surgeons in the country.

    If you asked my mother, she would tell you that the best doctors are in Racine, WI. (I love my Mom, but she is obviously biased toward her home town). I only share that because these reputations are just that -- opinions about quality.

    I agree with Angela that you should be able to find excellent physicians in the Seattle area, and since you will need to plan on several visits before and after surgery, and may need someone to help get you back and forth, I would recommend that you try to stay close to home. It does take time to find the right doctor for you. Yes, it can be very frustrating and very repetitive as you go over the same history and do the same clinical evaluations with each doctor. Hang in there!

    These are obviously just my opinions.

    Best Wishes,
  • Gek, I would suggest that you check out Prolotherapy which is usually done by sports med doctors. The medical establishment often misses the fact that damaged ligs can be a source of sciatica pain but many sports med docs, particularly the ones that use PRP, are beginning to see the light. Prolo is safe, natural, not expensive and has been used since the 1940's. It does involve many injections which may turn people off. The injected solution is based on Dextrose (sugar) which is very safe.

  • there are many specialists...including Cl***land Cl**nic in OH. I think it's more about finding a fellowship trained Orthopedic Surgeon or Neurosurgeon that focuses on Lumbar issues (as that's where the sciatica typically stems from).

    That being said, the surgeon may or may not recommend surgery but I found that good ones will try sending you to PT and trying conservative treatment before encouraging any surgical procedure on the lumbar spine.
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