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how long does sciatica last?

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Dr. Bac Nguyen
Family Medicine 23 years experience
It may not: Sciatia is a rather generic term for symptoms/trouble arising from injury to the sciatic nerve. Depending on where the injury is, sciatica may go away on its own--i.E falling/trauma to your hip/thigh may injure the nerve which may heal in a couple of wks. If u have a disc herniatation pinging on it, it may wax/wane but not going away until disc is fixed. If u have trouble, consult doc. Good luck.
Dr. Brian Le
Dr. Brian Leanswered
Pain Management 17 years experience
Sciatica: Sciatica is a neuropathic pain due to nerve compression. It' hard to predict the duration. The duration depends on the severity of nerve impingement.
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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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.
A 45-year-old member asked:

What are recommended exercises or stretches for sciatica?

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Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 23 years experience
See a pain doctor: 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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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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