Sciatica

Sciatica affects the sciatic nerve that runs from the lower back down the back of each leg is a common cause of lower back pain and leg pain.

Sciatica is usually caused by pressure on the sciatic nerve from a herniated disc (also referred to as a ruptured disc, pinched nerve, slipped disk, etc.).

It is often diagnosed as a 'radiculopathy', meaning that a disc has protruded from its normal position in the vertebral column and is putting pressure on the radicular nerve (nerve root), which connects with the sciatic nerve.

For some sufferers, the pain from sciatica can be severe and debilitating.

For others, the pain from sciatica might be infrequent and irritating, but has the potential to get worse.

Usually, sciatica only affects one side of the lower body, and the pain often radiates from the lower back all the way through the back of the thigh and down through the leg.

Depending on where the sciatic nerve is affected, the pain may also radiate to the foot or toes.

One or more of the following sensations may occur as a result of sciatica:

- Pain in the rear or leg that is worse when sitting

- Burning or tingling down the leg

- Weakness, numbness or difficulty moving the leg or foot 

- A constant pain on one side of the rear

- A shooting pain that makes it difficult to stand up 

While sciatica can be painful, it is rare that permanent nerve damage will result.

Most sciatica pain syndromes result from inflammation and will get better within two weeks to a few months.

Also, because the spinal cord is not present in the lower spine, a herniated disc in this area of the anatomy does not present a danger of paralysis.

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Sciatica affects the sciatic nerve that runs from the lower back down the back of each leg is a common cause of lower back pain and leg pain.

Sciatica is usually caused

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