In the chaotic aftermath of a car accident, the adrenaline rush can often mask pain, including that of sciatica. However, as the initial shock wears off, symptoms such as lower back pain, numbness, and a tingling sensation down one leg may emerge.
The duration of sciatica can vary from person to person. Typically, acute sciatica episodes can last from a few days to a few weeks. However, in more severe cases, especially where the nerve is more significantly injured in the accident, symptoms can persist for several months.
It’s important to consult a healthcare professional for a proper diagnosis and personalized treatment plan. The sooner you get medical treatment, the faster your recovery will likely be. Plus, prompt medical treatment helps you establish a link between your car accident and the sciatica. Otherwise, insurance companies can argue that the condition is pre-existing.