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How long does it take for sciatica to go away?

I am a 31 year old male. I want to know how long does it take for sciatica to go away?

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It depends on a number of variables. The only thing I can say is that it will be much faster with treatment than trying to wait it out.
Sciatica is a general diagnosis. It has to be qualified by the cause of the symptoms. Complicated conditions with specific damage to the spine including the discs can be treated successfully. However, they have permanent changes and ramification in the spine. These need to be address with Activities of daily living including exercises, posture and changing of habits.
Hey there,

So, with sciatica, it's tough to generalize a treatment plan because there's a couple of reasons why that nerve could be pinched. I would say a fair average is about 24 visits though.
It all depends on what the cause is and the longevity. If numbness in the leg and foot is involved the sciatica is more advanced. There are three most common subluxation i.e. vertebral displacement of the lumbar spine and sacroiliac joint, piriformis syndrome or a disc problem. Of course the latter is more serious and takes more time. Most sciatica patients in my experience begin to receive relief within one to two weeks. It is usually not 100% but a gradual reduction that improves over time with each treatment.

Yours in health,

Doc J
Without treatment it may become a chronic issue. With treatment it can vary but usually 2 to 3 months.
Depending on the source of the sciatica and what’s causing it, it can take 2 weeks up to 12 weeks. The reason for the big range is because a muscular cause can be stretched out in a few weeks. However, a disc bulge or other pinched nerve situation, it can take a longer time.

Vishal K. Verma, DC, CCSP

Under chiropractic care, many patients have the ability to heal quickly from sciatica. Average patient responds in 10-20 visits. Sciatica is a case-by-case basis It could be 1 week or 1 year or may require surgical intervention if things are really bad. You need a spinal evaluation and a set of X-rays for starters. From there, it may be recommended you get a low back MRI based on your history and how the sciatica started.


Dr. Brandon Buttry
That’s a good question. It varies from each person but it’s been my experience of 1-12 visits.
Good afternoon. There is really no way to tell how long sciatic pain might stick around. Sciatic pain might be caused by a number of things which may impact ones prognosis. If your sciatic pain is musculoskeletal, then a few weeks of physiotherapy and rest might help. If your sciatic pain is discogenic (caused by a protruded disc that might be pinching the nerve), then you might want to look into some anti-inflammatory remedies, spinal traction, and/or epidural injections. The only way to tell if you have a pinched nerve that is causing your sciatica, is by obtaining an MRI.
That all depends on the therapy used. There are a variety of ways to treat sciatica. For conservative care, it would take around 6-12 visits.
From 1 to 12 weeks or more.
Every injury and every patient is different. Some injuries are more involve and some patients respond slowly. Typically in three to six weeks, it is possible to resolve sciatica.
With proper treatment, sciatica can be resolved in as little as 1 week. Untreated, it can last months or even years.