Does Sciatica Ever Go Away on Its Own?
The simple answer is yes, sometimes sciatica will eventually go away on its own even without treatment. In many cases the pain will resolve after about two weeks. However, you’ll still experience considerable pain in the meantime, so it’s still worth seeking proper diagnosis and treatment. Furthermore, not all cases of sciatica will resolve themselves. If sciatica lasts longer than 3 months, or if the pain it causes grows worse to the point that it gets in the way of daily functioning, it’s in your best interest to call our office immediately. Also, sometimes sciatica goes away but then comes back later, which indicates that it’s a recurring problem that definitely requires intervention.
How Can I Prevent Sciatica from Returning?
Even after sciatica has been successfully treated, there’s a possibility of a recurrence. You can’t always prevent the problem from coming back, but taking the proper steps can significantly lower your personal risk. Try to avoid sitting for long periods without a break, as this puts a lot of pressure on the sciatic nerve and your lower back. Make sure that you’re exercising on a regular basis to keep your abdominal and back muscles as strong as possible. And if you smoke, drop the habit altogether; it can contribute to disc degeneration over time, which contributes to sciatica and other back problems.
Is Sciatica Pain an Emergency?
Most of the time, while sciatica might call for intervention, it does not necessarily rise to the level of an emergency. However, if the pain becomes severe and grows worse over time, it’s in your best interest to seek care immediately. Furthermore, if sciatica has reached the point where you can no longer walk, have partially or fully lost control of your bowels, or notice severe weakness or loss of sensation in the groin and/or legs, then the problem is serious enough to be treated as an emergency.
Should I Walk with Sciatica Even If It Hurts?
Walking can actually go a long way towards helping to relieve sciatic pain. The exercise helps release endorphins that fight your pain and reduce inflammation. It’s important to make sure that you’re practicing proper walking posture so that you don’t aggravate your symptoms. Try to keep a slow pace with shorter steps in order to avoid irritating the sciatic nerve. Make sure your head and shoulders remain upright, stay focused on your breathing, and keep your stomach tucked in; these steps help engage your abdominal muscles and takes some of the pressure off your spine.