What is Sciatica?
Sciatica is a serious condition of the body signaling there is something wrong with the nerve. A form of neuropathy, it is often associated with other spinal conditions that result from pressure being placed on the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is actually a grouping of nerves that branch from the lower back, through the hips, buttocks, and down both legs.
These nerves are joined at the gluteal area of the spine to form the sciatic nerve. In most cases, sciatica only affects one side of the body. Sciatica, or radiculopathy, occurs when pressure is placed on one of the originating nerves – and it becomes compressed.
What Causes Sciatica?
Sciatic pain can derive from several possible spinal conditions. These can include herniated discs, bone spurs, and spinal stenosis, which can be caused by anything from an injury to strains, and accidents where force is applied to the nerve.
The severity of pain may also vary from mild to severe and can be experienced intermittently or constantly.
What are the Symptoms of Sciatica?
The symptoms of sciatica may include:
- Pain that usually affects one of the lower extremities
- Traveling pain through the hips, back of legs, and/or bottom of feet
- Electrical pain
- Aches that linger
- Sharp burning
- Numbness in the affected leg
- Weakness in the lower back, leg, or hip
What are My Treatments Options for Sciatica
Frequently Asked Questions About Sciatica
1. How to relieve sciatica pain
If you have pain that lasts less than two weeks, you can self treat with rest, proper posture and icing. Otherwise, make sure to seek treatment.
2. Where is the sciatic nerve?
The sciatic nerve is located in your lower back, through your hips, and down into each leg, extending down to the foot.