I have constant lower back pain.

I have constant lower back pain. I have been to a doctor who gave me stretching exercises but I do yoga already with similar stretches.

I have had Sciatica pain before and this comes and goes but this might be the ongoing issue? What could be my next option - Chiropractice, Physio maybe? Look forward to your views Thanks

21 July 2014

There are several possible causes for lower back pain, the most common of which is usually a disc being out of alignment or mildly prolapsed. This causes pressure onto the sciatic nerve which in turn produces pain across the buttock thigh and can radiate down the leg.

However, it can be useful when managing a back problem to specifically pin point the cause before attempting any treatment strategies. As this does seem to have been an ongoing issue you might want to consider talking through with your Gp the possibility of arranging an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scan. This would determine where in your spine the problem lies and so be able to properly inform management and treatment strategies for your problem.

Physiotherapy can be extremely useful alongside medical management such as pain relief, muscle relaxants if indicated and anti- inflammatory medicine if required. In certain cases referral to an Orthopaedic specialist may be made depending on how badly a disc is affected and the surrounding tissues.

I do hope the above information will be of use and wish you the very best going forward with this.

Answered by Health at Hand nurses.


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