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What Is Sciatica?
Sciatica is the term used to describe the symptoms of leg pain caused by lower back issues. Sciatica symptoms begin as a tingling sensation or numbness that travels from the lower back and through the buttocks, thigh, and calf, eventually causing acute pain and difficulty sitting, standing, moving, and walking.
Sciatica is named for the nerve it affects, the sciatic nerve, which runs down the back of the leg.
The first sciatica symptoms usually felt are a tingling sensation and numbness through the back of the leg and buttocks. This sensation can quickly go from tingling to burning and cause extreme, sharp pain when sitting or trying to stand up. Sciatica usually occurs on one side of the body and can send pain radiating from the buttocks, through the calf and thigh, and into the foot and toes.
It is important to note that Sciatica in itself is not the condition, but rather the symptom to an underlying condition. Sciatica relief begins with an evaluation to diagnose what may be causing this pain. Causes of Sciatica Symptoms can be:
- A herniated disc in the lower back
- Degenerative disc disease
- Lumbar spinal stenosis (typically from aging)
- A small vertebral fracture
- Sacroiliac joint dysfunction