Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Upside Down Sciatica Therapy

Thursday, 26 January 2012 10:03 AM

Question: I work in the elevator profession and I do a lot of heavy lifting. I’ve developed sciatica pain across my lower back to my hip and down my leg. I’ve heard about inverters that bring relief by hanging you upside down and stretching the spine. Do you think they work?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:

Inversion therapy doesn't provide lasting relief from back pain, and it's not safe for everyone. Inversion therapy involves hanging upside down, and the head-down position could be risky for anyone with high blood pressure, heart disease or glaucoma. However, if you don’t have these problems, some people find traction temporarily helpful as part of a more comprehensive treatment program for lower back under the guidance of a physical therapist.

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