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How Long Do Pinched Nerves Take To Heal
Usually no surgery: Most just get better with time. So anyone can claim a 90% success rate with their care as this is the natural history but lifestyle changes including exercise, smoking cessation and weight control are important especially in minimizing recurrences. Sometimes , physical therapy, activity modifications, medication and epidural steroid injections can be of benefit. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
The brain and spinal cord communicates with what is occurring in the internal organs and limbs by nerve fibers where are like electrical wires with insulation (myelin) and the "copper" (axon). Within brain and spinal cord these nerves connect to other nerves via synapses on both axons and dendrites. A nerve can carry information regarding sensations, and ...Read more
Biphasic response: Typically, recovery occurs in two stages, with some initial improvement in the days or weeks after the surgery (as stunned nerves wake back up), followed by months of no real improvement and then finally a second stage of improvement (as regenerating nerve fibers finally grow to reach their targets). The important thing is to keep as active and limber as possible while waiting. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
It varies: It depends on how much irritation there was before surgery, how long it was there, and how much of those tissues were manipulated during that procedure. Many will improve quickly (days to weeks), others take months, and some never fully recover. Follow your surgeon's instructions, and ask questions if your recovery is delayed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Weeks to Months: Generally most people can get relief from sciatic pain doing the conservative care within 3-6 weeks. If it persists after that, it can take up to 6 months to heal by itself. You may still be a candidate for epidural steroid injections that may help relieve the pain while your body heals itself. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
"Pinched nerve": Depending on the circumstances, the prognosis (outlook) is better in the teenage population. Avoiding aggravating factors and re-injury are key in the healing process. Tobacco use is associated with a poorer prognosis. It can take a few weeks to months. A positive outlook, proportionate body weight, drinking adequate amount of water and a healthy diet will not hurt. The. ...Read more
75% in 2-12 weeks: 90% of disc herniations are treated without surgery. Most get better within 12 weeks. This is why 12 weeks of non op care is recommended as most will get better or be improving during this time period. The next 15% take longer and 10% are treated by surgery. There is a 5% recurrence rate with or without surgery of another disc or same disc herniating. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: A pinched nerve has an etiologic factor, a reason. It could be trauma or bad posture or even muscle contraction. If the etiologic factor is controlled, healing happens over weeks, depending on your age, nutrition and even if you are under stress or not or sleeping well or not. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pinched nerves: Peripheral nerves can regenerate once the compression has been relieved. The rate of recovery and the degree of recovery varies by the severity and duration of the compression. Nerves can continue to heal and recover 18 months after the impingement. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depends on the cause: A pinched nerve causes symptoms of numbness, tingling and sometimes burning. When out hand or foot "falls asleep", that is a pinched nerve. It recovers in minutes. When a nerve is injured, such as a nerve in the neck, it may not recover for days, weeks, or months, depending on whether the cause is corrected. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depends: This depends on how long & severe the compression was as well as the underlying "health" of the nerve-the age of the person, is diabetes involved, a vitamin deficiency, a prior injury or surgery to that nerve, toxic exposure- all play role in prognosis or ability of the nerve to "heal" over time. For most, pain is usually alleviated once nerve is decompressed, but neurologic recovery is variable. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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