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how long does difficulty walking associated with sciatica last?

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 40 years experience
If related to a disc: For 75% of people with sciatic pain due to a herniated disc, up to 3 months. 90% are better usually about a year later from the onset of sciatic pain due to a disc herniation treated without surgery. If related to spinal stenosis, it may persist or worsen if not treated.
Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management 17 years experience
Hard to Say: Usually the initial nerve irritation can last 3-6 weeks and the disc herniation causing the sciatica may take up to 6-9 months to heal, so its hard to say how long you will have this depending on how bad the symptoms are for you. You may want to see a pain/spine specialist to see what your options for treatment may be if you are in a lot of pain.

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Will walking on sand help lower impact even more?

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How do I know a sports injury isnt something I can just walk off?

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Try walking on it: Most sports related injuries are mild enough that formal medical attention is not necessary. Pain with routine use is a predictable symptom that should alarm individuals to seek medical attention for at least an informed opinion and an injury specific examination. If no pain, obvious deformity, skin break, or sense of joint looseness (laxity) is present, an attempt at "return to play" is safe.
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What is the recommended mattress topper for someone with back problems/sciatica?

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Sufficiently firm: Mattresses that provide firm support are generally best for those with back pain. If you can see the shape of your body in the mattress when you arise the mattress is too soft. A cheap fix that may help is a bed board under the mattress. Some people are not comfortable with an overly firm mattress and a soft topper will not eliminate the benefit of the firm mattress.

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