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What causes severe sciatica pain post trauma?

My 73 year old mother fell off her horse a few months back and has since been diagnosed with sciatica due to the trauma of falling. She is seeing a chiropractor and has been to the PT but she has found no relief. Anything at home that she can do to help. She has a stair climber (bowflex trainer) but not sure if that would help or hurt her in the long run.
Wed, 16 Mar 2016
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Hi Dear,

Welcome to HCM.

Understanding your concern. As per your query you have severe sciatica pain post trauma . Sciatica refers to pain that radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve, which branches from your lower back through your hips and buttocks and down each leg . Sciatica occurs when the sciatic nerve becomes pinched, usually by a herniated disk in your spine or by an overgrowth of bone on your vertebrae . I would suggest you to consult orthopedic surgeon for proper examination . Doctor may order X-ray , MRI , CT scan and electromyography . Doctor may prescribe anti-inflammatories , muscle relaxant , tricyclic antidepressants and anti-seizure medications along with percocet , gabapentin , muscle relaxant along with cortisone injection . Doctor may also recommend physical therapy and surgery in some severe cases. Doctor may also recommend physical therapy along with steroid injection and surgery .

Hope your concern has been resolved.

Get Well Soon.

Best Wishes,
Dr. Harry Maheshwari
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