1. Cathy

    Hi there Thabo,

    Thanks for educating me about sciatica pain. I suspect that I am experiencing this for sometime plus a very chronic sharp pain on my left shoulder blade. I have done a couple of message therapy, but I believe that the problem could be coming from deep within.

    In regards to the treatment process, would you reckon that I go to the general doctor first for imaging OR straight to the chiropractor? Do they do imaging diagnosis as well? Thank you.

    • admin

      Hi Cathy,

      A good chiropractor will indeed do diagnostic imaging as well as lab tests to see if your condition is something that can be helped by manipulation and therapy. He or she will also tell you if the diagnosis is beyond the scope of their practice. Chronic sharp pain on the left shoulder may be caused by several things that are in fact beyond the treatment of a chiropractor. I would go ahead and see a general doctor first. I wish you the best of luck.

  2. I always thought that I had sciatica but it turns out that my leg pain was caused by varicose veins. After I had them removed, my leg pain went totally away.
    However, when I lie on my right side my outside hip begins to hurt. I can tell it does extend to my back too. It subsides when I get off of it. Any clues?

    • Hi Cynthia,
      Your medical background may inform you better than me, but the symptoms sound like HiP Bursitis which can in some cases be caused by an operation such as removing varicose veins. I also understand that sometimes hip pain as you described can be caused by the weakness of the hip joint–it’s like the equivalent of having a weak core which increases the chances of back pain. Just as there are exercises that address weak core there are also exercises that address weak hip joint. You can also Place a wedge-shaped pillows under your hip to provide cushioning. if you don’t have a wedge-shaped pillow, try folding a pillow or blanket to create a wedge shape.

      Check with your doctor to rule out Hip Bursitis. The other mentioned conditions can be addressed by exercise and adjustment in your sleeping position. I hope this helps. thanks for checking in.


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