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how long does sciatic nerve injury generally last?

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Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management 27 years experience
Usually not long: Because sciatica is a symptom of another medical condition, the underlying cause should be identified and treated. Conservative treatment is best in many cases. •apply heat or ice to the painful area. Try ice for the first 48- 72 hours, then use heat after that. •take over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen bed rest is not recommended. Reduce activity for the first couple of days.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 40 years experience
If sciatica due to a: A disc herniation, 75% of patients are better within 2 to 12 weeks with the rest within one year except about 10% going to surgery.

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