sciatica

A selection of Dr. Lavine's articles on sciatica...
Two types of support for low back pain: how they work and why you might need them

Two types of support for low back pain: how they work and why you might need them

Self-care of low back problems can include the use of a lumbosacral support or a trochanter belt. Here's what your choices are and why you might need them.
New diagnostic categories help define lower back pain

New diagnostic categories help define lower back pain

Flexion-intolerant low back pain and what you can do about it.
Epidural injections for back pain and sciatica

Epidural injections for back pain and sciatica

Epidural injections, though widely used for low back pain and sciatica, have limited benefits along with a significant likelihood of doing harm.
Research deepens questions about lower back mri

Research deepens questions about lower back mri

Researchers reviewed records of 1,000 MRI's taken of patients with low back pain and found that more than half were prescribed inappropriately.
MRIs not helpful in understanding lower back pain & sciatica

MRIs not helpful in understanding lower back pain & sciatica

Dutch researchers took MRI's of people with sciatica and compared them with MRI's taken one year later. Patients who had had surgery were less likely to have a bulging disc one year post-op. But what did that mean?
Sciatica, part 2: Not all sciatica is alike.  Don’t overlook this important clue

Sciatica, part 2: Not all sciatica is alike. Don’t overlook this important clue

There are two basic types of sciatic nerve pain. Discover the difference, and you'll be better prepared to help your doctor get to the root of your problem.
Sciatica, Part 1:  How your body’s brilliant design keeps you free of sciatic pain almost all the time

Sciatica, Part 1: How your body’s brilliant design keeps you free of sciatic pain almost all the time

Patients often ask me why they have sciatic pain or another problem. First things first -- you can't understand why you have pain until you appreciate how your body effortlessly keeps you out of pain nearly all the time.
How unnecessary Xrays, MRI’s and CT scans make you stupid

How unnecessary Xrays, MRI’s and CT scans make you stupid

Much has been written about the enormous costs and health risks associated with unnecessary MRI's and CT scans. But there's a third important reason to avoid these tests.
Simple gluteal stretch eases back pain

Simple gluteal stretch eases back pain

If you've been regularly practicing the exercises described in Dr. Lavine's Top Five Exercises for Your Low Back, your lower spine has probably made a lot of progress. Still, you might need something extra to achieve maximal results. What’s the most important exercise I’ve left off my short list? Stretching the piriformis muscle.

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