Posted by: Vi | 2009/02/12

radiculopathy &  sclerosis

I have had a recent history of severe deblitating pain in my lower lumbar region. So severe that I was almost paralised for 3 weeks. I used anti-inflammatories as the doctor suggested it and also went for x-rays. Their diagnosis was definite sclerosis and a lumbar radiculopathy ( Sjoe - hop emy spelling is correct!!)

I am not very keen on using drug based treatment and opted to go to a chiropracter, who confirmed what the radiologists diagnosed and basically did some standard accupunture and mild manipulation. I did not experience any improvement and found that the condition flaired up again 6 weeks later. I am aware of the importance of posture and ergonomics in my workspace, but I could not engage in stretching excersise. I have a 16 month old baby which requires constint STRENUOUS attention!!! :-) I was reffered to a neurosurgeon who would possibly be doing an epidural steroid injection. I do not like the odds and was wandering if I have any alternative in Bloemfontein area???

Kind regards

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Please contact Dr Adriaan Vermaas, Osteopath on 051 4483069. 105 Aliwal street, Bloemfontein.
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Dr Guy Ashburner Osteopath

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