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Numbness / Pinch in back of thigh. Chiropractor or Physical Therapy?

Hi there, for the past 10 years, I would get this periodic pinch every few months in the back of my thigh. I always thought it was the chair digging into my leg. Now I've learned its some form of Sciatica. I've been seeing 2 Chiropractors for the last 2 months. One seemed to make it worse due to being too aggressive, the other seemed to make it better by being less aggressive and doing other moves like reseting the bone. So yes it has gotten worse but the first chiro didn't help and I was still doing things that weren't helping like stretching my hamstrings. So now I'm at a point where the new chiro does does help it for a few days but it never holds and will act up again. I am wondering if there is something else I should be doing at home like certain safe stretches or exercises. And does this defiantly sounds like a disc issue or could it be my Piriformis Muscle and if I Should see a physical therapist instead? Sitting for a few minutes  acts it up. Laying down is ok. Its never painful. Just numbness or a light pinch. Sometimes i moves from my back thigh to my hip. I can't take an MRI because I have Tinnitus and a MRI is too loud. It will worsen my Tinnitus to dangerous levels. So the doctors are kinda in the dark. Is there another non-radiation method for seeing the discs? I hope there is someone here that has similar symptoms and can share what helped them. I really don't want to do surgery. Walking helps the most. The more I walk, the better I feel.



  • I am a little confused, which is nothing new for me, lol.

    Could you clarify about "it will worsen my tinnitus to dangerous levels".  I didn't think there was anything dangerous about tinnitus.  What happens?  I use noise to drown my tinnitus out and other ear noise due to nerve damage.  Also most centers put ear phones on you and play the music of your choice which drowns out the thumping of the machine, which I don't mind.  Not trying to get you to have an MRI, just curious.  I hate MRI's, I am claustrophobic.

    Can you have a CT scan?  It is similar to an MRI and will show a lot as well.  I notice you mention radiation, do radiation levels worry you?  I have seen a few other members bring up this issue.  I am not aware of any non-radiation method of looking at your discs except the MRI.

    I've noticed that while a few forum members use chiropractors, most seems against them; and, according to some members, they have been injured by them.

    Walking is good in my opinion.  Due to forum rules we cannot give advice or suggestions.  Let us know how you are and if you decide to get testing.

  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,186
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    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
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