Sciatica

Introduction

Sciatica is a symptom of one or more common lower back conditions that include herniated discs, spinal stenosis and degenerative disc disease. The condition is named for the sciatic nerve which is the longest nerve in the body, beginning in the lower back and continuing down to the feet. Pain is caused when the sciatica nerve is pinched or otherwise disturbed.

Sciatica is the term given to one or more of the following symptoms:

• Pain in one hip/buttock/leg that is sharp or worsened when you sit, stand or walk
• Burning or tingling pain in the leg (not aching pain)
• Radiating pain that occurs in one leg extending down from the buttock 
• Weakness or numbness

Patients with sciatica typically experience pain that begins in the lower back and buttocks then radiates down the leg. This pain can be frequent or infrequent and at times, incapacitating.

In rare cases, some sciatica occurrences require medical or surgical, intervention.

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