New e-book - Piriformis Syndrome
My new e-book “Piriformis Syndrome” with the anatomy, pathology, conventional and yoga-treatment is available - CLICK HERE
Relief is in the Stretch: Cure Back Pain with Yoga
Dr. Fishman and Terry Schaff will give a three day seminar on lower back pain: the seven major causes - how to recognize, treat and avoid them
Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health
Please see Kripalu for details.
Sciatica and Buttock Pain
Randomized, Controlled, Double-Blinded
Qualified patients may receive free botulinum injections and 12 sessions of physical therapy without cost. Qualified patients with buttock pain and/or sciatica for whom the reasonable cause of these complaints is the piriformis muscle will be given either botulinum toxin or placebo. Interested parties should call (212) 472-0077 or fill out the forms below and send them to Nimmi@sciatica.org or mail them to Loren M. Fishman, MD, 1009 Park Avenue, New York, New York 10028.
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Yoga Causes Surprising Number of Injuries - ABC NEWS
World News with Diane Sawyer reporter, Lindsey Davis interviews Dr. Loren Fishman and our yoga therapist Cathy Lilly.
Dr. Fishman's audio tapes on yoga treatment for rotator cuff and for osteoporosis/osteopenia - NOW AVAILABLE:
Dr. Loren Fishman: Yoga for Low Back Pain - Secrets to Safely Relieving and Preventing Back Pain
Creating a Safe Yoga Practice - Keys to Preventing and Healing Shoulder Injuries with Dr. Loren Fishman and Ellen Saltonstall
Sciatica – pain, weakness, numbness, and other discomfort along the path of the sciatic nerve – often accompanies low back pain, which afflicts every adult from time to time, costing billions of dollars in healthcare and more lost days of work than anything but the common cold. Low back pain and sciatica can baffle physicians and other medical professionals, arising without warning and continuing for long periods of time.
Sciatica is a symptom of a problem at some point along the sciatic nerve rather than an ailment in and of itself. A herniated disc in the back, spinal stenosis and piriformis syndrome are medical disorders that can cause sciatica. Individuals who have sciatica are often crippled by it, and are driven to seek relief from conventional medical treatment, alternative therapies, and "miracle" cures.
Our aim is to promote understanding for healthcare professionals and for the general public by providing access to basic scientific and practical information which may help with diagnostic and treatment decisions involving sciatica. We also perform research studies to learn more about diagnosis, treatment and prevention of this ubiquitous condition.
We hope this site is helpful. It is for your information, but is not intended to replace a physician's examination and subsequent advice. Please consult a physician before embarking on any course of diagnosis or treatment.
SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION AT ONCE IF YOU EXPERIENCE:
• LOSS OF CONTROL OF BOWEL OR BLADDER
• INCREASING WEAKNESS IN THE TRUNK, BUTTOCKS OR LEGS
• NUMBNESS THAT ASCENDS FROM TOES OR FEET
• ANY OF THE ABOVE, WITH FEVER OR FORCEFUL VOMITING