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Will I have sciatica for the rest of my life or is there a cure?

Will I have sciatica for the rest of my life or is there a cure?

Cure, Unlikely...: Sciatica can be managed effectively and can be relieved in a vast majority of people, but it will always require diligence on your part for nsaids, exercise, stretching and weight control/loss. For those still having issues it may require treatments (injections, surgery, etc) to maintain relief as well. ...Read more

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Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
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Low Back Pain (Definition)

Low back pain is pain that occurs in the back above the buttock area and below the ribs. Low back pain can be sharp, dull, intermittent or constant. Pain can be at rest or associated with activity. Back pain can also be accompanied with pain that shoots or radiates down into the lower extremities or legs which is frequently ...Read more


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Is it better to walk with painful sciatica or rest it?

Is it better to walk with painful sciatica or rest it?

Walk: Rest for 2-3 days, try nsaids walk as tolerated or cycle. If no improvement seek nerve block then exercise ... If no positive results the surgery becomes an option. ...Read more

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Would it be best to walk around with sciatica or rest?

Would it be best to walk around with sciatica or rest?

Be careful: You should stay active but try not to do anything that expressly worsens your sciatica. Sciatica is mostly the result of a disc herniation or an annular tear in the discs of the spine and by keeping a high level of activity you run the risk of injuring the disc more. ...Read more

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Is it better to try to walk around with sciatica or just rest?

Is it better to try to walk around with sciatica or just rest?

Move with sciatica: Sciatica, pain radiating from your low back/buttock to your leg is usually transient. Although recommended in the past, prolonged bed rest is now discouraged. Although sciatic pain refers to pain from a compressed sciatic nerve which would result in pain down into your foot, it frequently doesn't go down that far; the pain is often caused by muscle strain. ...Read more

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Is bed rest for 7 days good for sciatica pain? Or is it better to exercise lightly?

Is bed rest for 7 days good for sciatica pain? Or is it better to exercise lightly?

Stay active: Our bodies are meant to move. Staying as active as you can without aggravating your symptoms is important for recovery. Physical therapy helps many people with sciatica, and will help you learn safer ways to use your body to prevent relapse of symptoms. ...Read more

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I have Sciatica.While resting in bed, i made a stretch which aggravated my back.When i got up, my low back was tight when i walked. Is this temporary?

I have Sciatica.While resting in bed, i made a stretch which aggravated my back.When i got up, my low back was tight when i walked. Is this temporary?

Spine Injury: This chronic pain in the distribution as you suggested is the result of an irritated nerve or facet joints or other injury typically in the lumbar spine (low back) which are caused by herniated disks, spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease, etc requiring further evaluation by a spine specialist. ...Read more

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I am taking rest for sciatica from 1 week.How can I know that sciatica pain is healing? Wat is the anotomy behind sciatica nerve pain?

I am taking rest for sciatica from 1 week.How can I know that sciatica pain is healing? Wat is the anotomy behind sciatica nerve pain?

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 more

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Have painful herniated disc with sciatica/ bursitis.Turned down surgery for now. Should I rest or stretch and be active to heal?

Have painful herniated disc with sciatica/ bursitis.Turned down surgery for now. Should I rest or stretch and be active to heal?

Depends: First, conservative therapy is associated with longer duration pain, and physical disability at one year according to a Swiss/Canadian study recently published. The usual conservative treatment is Physical Therapy, which will typically be 'active' although certainly will have stretching associated with it. ...Read more

Dr. Qamar Khan
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Sciatica (Definition)

A condition that results in pain, weakness, numbness, or tingling in the leg. It results from injury to or pressure on the sciatic nerve, which starts in the lower spine and runs down the ...Read more