Sciatica - Treatment
Many cases of sciatica will resolve in around 6 weeks without the need for treatment. However, a combination of things you can do at home - such as taking over the counter painkillers, exercising and using hot or cold packs - may reduce the symptoms until the condition improves.
In more persistent cases, you may be advised to follow a structured exercise program under the supervision of a physiotherapist, have injections of anti-inflammatory and painkilling medication into your spine, and/or take stronger pain killing medication.
In rare cases, surgery may be needed to correct the problem in your spine.
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