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Does sciatica go away on its own?

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Most people with sciatica get better in a few weeks with at-home remedies. If your pain is fairly mild and it isn’t stopping you from doing your daily activities, your doctor will first recommend trying some combination of these basic solutions.

Physical therapy

Stretching

Limited bed rest

Hot and cold packs

Alternative therapies

Medicines

If all else fails, surgery might be recommended.

From: What's the Treatment for Sciatica? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Sciatica.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Diseases and Conditions: Sciatica,” “Treatments and Procedures: Laminectomy.”

Harvard Medical School: “Sciatica.”

Mayo Clinic: “Sciatica,” “Tests and Procedures: Diskectomy.”

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on March 14, 2019

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Sciatica.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Diseases and Conditions: Sciatica,” “Treatments and Procedures: Laminectomy.”

Harvard Medical School: “Sciatica.”

Mayo Clinic: “Sciatica,” “Tests and Procedures: Diskectomy.”

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on March 14, 2019

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