Talking to Your Doctor About Low Back Pain and Sciatica
by Debra Wood, RN
You have a unique medical history. Therefore, it is essential to talk with your doctor about your personal risk factors and/or experience with low back pain and sciatica. By talking openly and regularly with your doctor, you can take an active role in your care.
General Tips for Gathering Information
Here are some tips that will make it easier for you to talk to your doctor:
Specific Questions to Ask Your Doctor
About Low Back Pain and Sciatica
About Your Risk of Developing Low Back Pain and Sciatica
About Treatment Options
About Lifestyle Changes
About Your Outlook
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Last reviewed November 2018 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Michael Woods MD FAAP
Last Updated: 12/27/2017
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