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Is it necessary to see a physician for sciatic nerve pain?

7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management
2 doctors agree

In brief: Possible

to treat pain without seeing a physician.
Most times sciatica pain will improve within 3-6 weeks on its own, but may take a full year for relief. Will take diligence on your part to maintain exercise program. Many times conservative care can include chiropractic care. if you are not better soon (less than 10 treatments), then consider other options like a spine fellowship trained pain specialist

In brief: Possible

to treat pain without seeing a physician.
Most times sciatica pain will improve within 3-6 weeks on its own, but may take a full year for relief. Will take diligence on your part to maintain exercise program. Many times conservative care can include chiropractic care. if you are not better soon (less than 10 treatments), then consider other options like a spine fellowship trained pain specialist
Dr. Qamar Khan
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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No as most get

Better with time if due to a disc herniation-90% with 75% better by 12 weeks from onset of the pain.

In brief: No as most get

Better with time if due to a disc herniation-90% with 75% better by 12 weeks from onset of the pain.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Dr. Jonathan Hyde
If the pain is severe, has associated weakness, or if you are having bowel or bladder issues, then it is important to immediately seek out a physician. If the pain is not tolerable, I would recommend seeing a doctor to recommend medication and/or therapy for symptom relief.
Dr. Bettina Herbert
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: It depends

If the pain is interfering with your life, not getting better or if you have weakness in your foot or leg or any change in bowel or bladder function, see a physician immediately.
Most likely the sciatica will get better. But you will probably have recurrences, so you might consider some therapies like manipulation by an osteopathic physician (online aao, cranialacademy) & a strengthening program.

In brief: It depends

If the pain is interfering with your life, not getting better or if you have weakness in your foot or leg or any change in bowel or bladder function, see a physician immediately.
Most likely the sciatica will get better. But you will probably have recurrences, so you might consider some therapies like manipulation by an osteopathic physician (online aao, cranialacademy) & a strengthening program.
Dr. Bettina Herbert
Dr. Bettina Herbert
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