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Author Topic: sciatica in the elderly  (Read 6710 times)


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sciatica in the elderly
« on: July 13, 2009, 06:43:26 PM »
Hi Steve,

I am writing on behalf of my mother, who is 81 and suffering sciatica. It is not too bad but she finds it flares up after doing certain activities. She is very active and otherwise healthy. On my advice she is seeing an osteopath, which has been helping. She lives in the country where there are no SLM practitioners, but there are other types of massage therapists. Can she follow any self-help exercises like myself? Also see a massage therapist?  Her GP sent her off for an x-ray which found severe deterioration in her discs. I would appreciate your advice.

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Re: sciatica in the elderly
« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2009, 05:01:02 AM »
Hi Cathy, I would be surprised if it was the deterioration of the discs that is causing the sciatica. Especially if it flares up when she uses her muscles. At 81 I would be reluctant to suggest self treatment as her bones might be a bit fragile so I guess she is in the hands of the therapists there.

Sorry I can't offer more help but at that age I would want to treat her personally, I would not be confident about advising her via the forum at that age.



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