Re: Treating sciatica in the face of poor evidence
11 April 2012
I want to second the writer who recommended swimming and pilates. I have tried various drug regimes - currently amitryptillin and gabapentin -and they do seem to dull the pain but I have experienced the most long-lasting relief and improved mental wellbeing from swimming and pilates. I signed up for swimming lessons to learn front crawl - since breaststroke can exacerbate back problems - and I still attend weekly. I take pilates classes twice a week and do 15 minutes of pilates/physio exercises every morning. Perhaps it is the experience of being able to do something for myself rather than being a passive drugtaker that helps. GPs should recommend both of these activities to patients - and why not some RCTs too?
Competing interests: None declared
sufferer of sciatica after discectomy (failed back surgery syndrome), 18 Glenshiel Road London SE9 1AQ
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