Sciatica is a condition that occurs when a person’s sciatic nerve becomes irritated, leading to pain along the back of one leg. Check out our other blog on what is sciatica to find out more details on what sciatica is and what causes this condition.
How Long Does The Pain Last?
Most sciatic nerve pain lasts between 4-6 weeks. Initially the pain can feel like a stabbing, shooting, or burning sensation, which may subside into a dull ache, local lower back pain is often experienced but not always. The sciatic pain may flare intermittently or remain constant.
Sciatica is considered chronic if it lasts longer than 6 weeks and does not improve. This could also include recurrent acute episodes of sciatica, or chronic lower back pain with recurrent sciatica symptoms.
What About Chronic Sciatica?
If left untreated or depending on the underlying cause, sciatica may become chronic or persistent, lasting for two months or more. An estimated 20% to 30% of people may continue to have sciatica for 1 to 2 years.
Chronic sciatica is more difficult to treat than acute sciatica and there may need to be more lifestyle modifications and other treatment options explored, such as therapeutic injections and possibly surgical interventions.
Treatment For Sciatica?
Our chiropractors will use a combination of manual therapy, specific exercises, load management, activity modification and diagnostic imaging to help improve symptoms quicker and prevent the condition becoming chronic or recurring in the future.
You can find more details on treatment for sciatica on our blog post here.