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Can I treat my sciatica at home?

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Mild sciatica usually responds well to do-it-yourself treatment, like over-the-counter medicines and hot and cold packs. But if your back pain lasts for more than a week or gets worse, it’s time to call the doctor. If you have pain that comes on suddenly, is caused by an injury, or makes you lose control of your bladder or bowels, these are emergencies and you should call your doctor immediately.

From: How Do I Know If I Have Sciatica? WebMD Medical Reference

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American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Sciatica.”

Mayo Clinic: “Sciatica.”

Reviewed by Lisa Bernstein on October 14, 2016

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Sciatica.”

Mayo Clinic: “Sciatica.”

Reviewed by Lisa Bernstein on October 14, 2016

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