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What Type of Doctor Should I Go to For Sciatica?

Posted by Dr. Jeff Winternheimer D.C. on Thu, Sep 12, 2013 @ 08:05 AM

sciatica back pain (2)The pain caused by sciatica can be unbearable at times. Even if your condition mainly causes slight discomfort, it’s still important to see a doctor about it. This helps prevent complications, and a doctor can provide or recommend the right type of treatment. If you’ve already been to see a doctor and haven’t had luck with conventional forms of treatment, such as medications, don’t give up hope. There are other types of doctors and medical professionals who can recommend other forms of treatment that are effective at treating sciatica.


Regular MD

General practitioners can diagnose your condition based on the symptoms you’ve been experiencing and the results of diagnostic tests, such as x-rays, MRIs (magnetic resonance imaging) and CT (computerized tomography) scans. In many cases, a general practitioner will recommend traditional types of treatment, including pain medications and lifestyle changes that might help ease your discomfort. Your doctor can also refer you to other medical professionals who can offer other forms of treatment if your condition doesn’t improve.   


Physical Therapist

Physical therapy has been shown to help those who suffer from sciatica. This form of treatment involves doing stretches and other types of exercise under the guidance of a trained physical therapist. These exercises are designed to improve your flexibility and can help ease the nerve compression that could be causing your condition. This leads to reduced inflammation, which eases the pain and discomfort associated with sciatica. Physical therapy is among the most effective non-surgical forms of treatment for this condition. The number of sessions you’ll need to do depends on how severe your condition is. Your physical therapist might also ask you to perform some simple stretches and exercises at home in between sessions, which can help reduce the chance of suffering from flareups.



Chiropractic care is another effective type of treatment for sciatica. Chiropractors perform spinal adjustments, which can help reduce compression on your sciatic nerve and relieve pain and inflammation. These spinal adjustments involve moving your joints around to restore or improve flexibility. Chiropractic care is highly effective at easing lower back pain. It provides you with a safe way to have sciatica treated without the need for drugs or surgery. Some people feel mild soreness following chiropractic sessions, but it’s mainly a painless form of treatment. You might need to have several spinal adjustments done in order to feel regular relief, if your condition is severe. 

Keep in mind that everyone responds to different treatment methods in different ways. You might benefit from one specific type of treatment or a combination of a few types. Working with medical professionals gives you the best chance of discovering the right way for you to find relief from sciatica. If you would like to learn more about sciatica, download our Complete Sciatica Pain Guide or call Illinois Back Institute today to learn about ways to relieve your sciatica pain.


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Topics: sciatica, Back Pain, exercise, physical therapy, chiropractic care