Getting a leg up on sciatica

Surgery brings faster relief, but if you can wait it out, nonsurgical treatment may be just as effective over the long run.

Sciatica is a medical term that seems a little old-fashioned, like lumbago or the grippe. For many of us, it conjures up childhood memories of elderly relatives wincing and talking about their "sciatica acting up." We knew it had something to do with the back, although we weren't quite sure what.

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