Are online consultations for low/lower back pain /sciatica a waste of money?

In order to answer the question “are online consultations for low back pain / sciatica a waste of money?” there are a few other questions we need to address.

Who is providing the online consultation?

You’re looking for qualifications and experience.  Ideally this should not be a fitness professional, because we’re talking about pain, and fitness professionals are not trained in clinical matters.  For example, they typically don’t know what “danger signs” to look out for.  You need a healthcare professional.  Above all, someone who specialises in lower back pain and sciatica.  This could be a surgeon, chiropractor, osteopath or physiotherapist (UK) / physical therapist (USA).  Experience counts too.

What information is provided ahead of your online consultation?

To make the most of your online consultation, you should be able to send in a lot of information before your consultation.  And you should be able to include any specific questions you want answers to.

How much does the online consultation cost?

Remember the saying “you get what you pay for”?  Well, if you’re consulting someone who is a specialist in lower back pain / sciatica, don’t expect it to be cheap. On the other hand, because it’s online, it shouldn’t be expensive either.  As an example, we charge £59/$76 for a 30 minute consultation.

What is provided in the online consultation?

You should expect to get answers to the questions you provided ahead of the online consultation.  Also, you should learn

  • What is the likely underlying cause of my lower back pain /sciatica?
  • What are the risk factors for this?
  • What can I do to relieve my pain?
  • What can I do to prevent it from happening again?

So, in summary, online consultations could be a waste of money.  But if your clinician ticks the above boxes, you could feel an awful lot better without spending very much.