Most of the time, the pain associated with sciatica goes away in days to weeks. Pain can become more chronic in a small number of people, leading to some disability. Sciatica tends to reoccur frequently, sometimes without warning.
As your back is recovering, avoid twisting your back while bending at the same time because this move may aggravate your healing back and may slow your recovery.
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Last Editorial Review: 3/27/2014
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