Chiropractors/Sciatic pain

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Hi,
My son is is 15 years old and is pretty active in sports and plays a lot of bball ,while working out with his team he lifted weights in a wrong way and ever since then he has go this pain which is roughly about 8 months ago .At first I did not pay attention to it .But recently he is complaining very frequently about his pain .I took him to the chiropractor and he took xrays and diagnosed him saying his L4 L5 nerves are pinched and has prescribed 40 adjustments and 25 physical therapies over a period of 3 months and has assured he will be absolutely normal.My question to you is has the doctor diagnosed well and will my son be absolutely normal like before(pain free).Also do you suggest anything else .

Appreciate your time and honest expertise on this .

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Hi Bosme,

Thank you for your inquiry about your son. I will start by saying that since I have not examined your son myself or seen his x-rays, I can't say  that the chiropractor's assessment is incorrect. I will say that, in my opinion, 40 visits is a bit excessive  for a 15 year old. Typical causes of sciatica in a 15 year old will be either bony misalignment in the spine or muscular spasm in back or buttocks (piriformis syndrome). In serious cases, there may be a herniated/bulging disc involved which would require an MRI to verify. If it is simply a misalignment or muscle thing, a good round of 10-15 treatments with chiropractic and physical therapy (muscle work) should take care of it. Afterwards, some stretching instructions and proper lifting technique will help him avoid re-aggravation. If you could give me some more detail about his pain (location, what increases or decreases it, what lift did he do, etc.), maybe I could give you some better at hone direction too.  

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Vishal Verma DC CCSP

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I can answer questions about acute and chronic pain and their conservative management, sports injuries, back and neck pain, extremity pain, herniated/bulging discs, sciatica or other neurological issues, rehabilitation and fitness concerns, spinal decompression and cold laser therapy. I can't answer questions about specific medications and their prescription. I can give general information about them at best.

Experience

I have years of experience in sportsmedicine and conservative care of musculo-skeletal injuries with the use of chiropractic, rehabilitation, and fitness/exercise as well as the use of advanced technologies such as spinal decompression and low intensity laser therapy. I have private practice experience as well as experience within an integrated medical setting with concurrent care of patients with both medicine as well as alternative therapy. I am a board certified sports chiropractor and have treated athletes of all kinds in the conservative management of sports injuries and performance enhancement.

Organizations
American Board of Chiropractic Sports Physicians North American Association of Laser Therapists

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Your Health Magazine Alternative Health Magazine Northern VA Womens Magazine Townsend Newsletters

Education/Credentials
Doctor of Chiropractic Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician

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