Readers respond to recent topics.
In the Jan/Feb issue Rita Cichowlas, Cincinnati, Ohio, asked about
alternatives to surgery for low back and leg pain that radiates along
the path of the sciatic nerve. We wrote that gentle exercise, injections
of numbing or anti-inflammatory medicines, and spinal cord stimulation
are possible options. Mary Anderson, Hilmar, California, reports that
regular (and low-cost) visits with a certified and licensed foot
reflexologist relieve her sciatica. "Words cannot adequately
express how much better I feel," says Hilmar. Barbara Kenny, Boise,
Idaho, writes that her sciatic pain is near|y gone after four sessions
of deep tissue massage and adds that yoga poses to stretch hip muscles
also help. Jan Crawfis, Ottawa, Ohio, found prolotherapy, a procedure
that stimulates tissue repair with injections of sugar water, to be a
long-term solution after failed back surgery.