Sciatica is known as radiating pain along the path of the sciatic nerve, the sciatic nerve branches from your lower back through your hips and buttocks and down each leg. Many patients have described sciatica pain as mild to severe, and have associated sciatica with significant leg weakness or bowel/bladder changes. The positive is sciatica can usually be resolved with in as little as a few treatments, with more severe cases needing surgery.
How long will sciatica take to heal?
Sciatica can be considered acute or chronic, as an acute episode may last anywhere between one to two weeks and usually resolves itself in as little as a few weeks. It is common to experience some numbness for a while after the pain has resolved. You could also still experience sciatic episodes a handful of times a year after the first initial episode.
Acute sciatica may turn into chronic sciatica eventually, meaning the pain exists pretty regularly. Chronic sciatica is a life-long condition, and unlike acute sciatica, does not respond well to treatment and may be considered for surgery.
How do you relieve sciatic nerve pain?
For many, sciatica responds very well to self-care by resting a couple of days after a flare-up begins and resuming normal activity a few days later. On top of resting for a few days, applying hot or cold packs to your lower back can provide temporary relief as well as stretching.
If you are noticing your symptoms are becoming more severe and the home remedies are not helping to reduce your pain, contact Coastal Medical Integration. Our experienced and specialized doctors will be able to offer relief to your symptoms through a variety of methods including medication and physical therapy.
Physical therapy may help to improve and prevent future flare-ups by helping to strengthen your core and back muscles. A few other options that may be recommended to help relieve your sciatic nerve pain include steroid injections to help reduce inflammation and pressure on the nerve, or if the sciatica pain is severe and renders a different treatment, surgery may be an option, however this is considered a last resort if all other treatment options have not received a positive response.
Can sciatica be cured?
While sciatica can cause significant discomfort, the good news is that time and treatment can often help to successfully resolve sciatica. Surgery is usually not necessary to treat sciatica as other treatment options can help alleviate and treat acute sciatica.
What triggers sciatica?
Sciatica develops due to the change in one of the cartilage pads in your spine, which are called discs. A small part of the disc pokes into the spinal canal which creates inflammation or swelling which in turn, leads to inflammation of the nerve and triggers the symptoms you start to feel from sciatica.
The most common cause that triggers sciatica is a herniated or slipped disk which puts pressure on the nerve root. Most patients feel better on their own with time, and self-care treatments, however this is not always the case. Coastal Medical Integration is available to help with your sciatica nerve pain. Our doctors specialize in sciatica pain and are available to help treat sciatica.
If you or someone you know is experiencing sciatica pain or other symptoms connected to sciatica, book an appointment today, our doctors can diagnose and offer more information about how our treatment options are able to help you find relief from sciatica pain.
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