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how long until my sciatica goes away?

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Dr. Jimmy Bowen
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 34 years experience
Sciatica: Depends on the cause. Most commonly about 4-6 weeks if uncomplicated. Can have temporary or permanent changes or symptoms.
Dr. Jonathan Hyde
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 29 years experience
If you are having true nerve root sciatic symptoms, most symptoms get better (even with a disc herniation) in as long as 8-12 weeks. If symptoms last more than 10-14 days, or you develop weakness and/or bowel/bladder issues (emergency), consider a specialist evaluation.
Jul 28, 2012
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 40 years experience
Usually 2-12 weeks: If due to a disc herniation, 75 % are better within 12 weeks from the onset of leg pain. The rest get better over a year with only 10% not improving.
Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management 17 years experience
4-6 weeks: initially the symptoms last 4-6 weeks and if your body heals like it supposed to then pain relief starts. However disc herniations which are the cause of majority of sciatica symptoms last for 6-9 months and therefore people can have pain during that time as well. if not better after 6 weeks see a spine specialist to evaluate this further.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

What are recommended exercises for relieving sciatica?

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Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 23 years experience
See a pain doc: Each person needs to be evaluated on an individual basis. There can be several reasons for "sciatica" or pain down the leg. Lumbar disc inflammation with or without nerve impingment, facet joint irritation, sacroiliac joint irritation, piriformis syndrome. A thorough physical exam and diagnostic studies will help determine what exercise will be best depending on your diagnosis.
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What are common exercises to combat sciatica?

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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 31 years experience
"Superman!": As one who has a bulging disc (and no surgery), back strengthening exercises are very important to help stabilize the back. I recommend the "superman" exercise: lying on your stomach, stretch your arms out like you're flying through the air like superman. For 5 seconds, raise your right arm and shoulder, and left leg and hip off the floor, then repeat on the other side. Do this 12x on each side.
A 34-year-old member asked:

How do I lose 20lbs when I have sciatica?

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Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 23 years experience
Viscious Cycle: You need to treat the pain to feel better so you can exercise. There can be several reasons for "sciatica" or pain down the leg. Lumbar disc inflammation with or without nerve impingment, facet joint irritation, sacroiliac joint irritation, piriformis syndrome. A thorough physical exam and diagnostic studies will help determine what will be best to get you feeling better based on your diagnosis.
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A 24-year-old member asked:

What are some natural therapies for sciatica?

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Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Stretch: One of my favorite treatments for sciatica(as i tell all my affected patients) is as follows: lay on your bed on your tummy; and position the affected side as close to the edge of your bed as you can get. Now simply allow your leg (not you!) to slide off; this will create gentle but effective traction on the pyriformis muscle which should relieve your sciatic nerve impingement.
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Does sciatica go away? and how long does it take to heal

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Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Varies: Sciatica refers to the development of symptoms such as pain or numbness that run down the leg from irritation of a nerve in the back. It's course depends in part on its underlying cause. Sciatica can resolve over time, but is also a common problem that sometimes we have to do more for. If it is going to resolve quickly it should get better over a 4-6 week period. Don't hesitate to be seen.

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