What is the outlook for people with sciatica?

Sciatic pain usually goes away with time and rest. Most people with sciatica (80 percent to 90 percent) will get better without surgery. About half of affected individuals recover from an episode within six weeks.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 12/11/2017.

References

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Sciatica. Accessed 8/8/2018.
  • Merck Manuals for Medical Professionals. Sciatica. Accessed 8/8/2018.
  • Woods RP, Seamon J. Chapter 21. Arthritis & Back Pain. In: Stone C, Humphries RL. eds. CURRENT Diagnosis & Treatment Emergency Medicine, 7e. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill; 2011 .

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