What is Sciatica?

The symptoms are often felt along the path taken by the large nerve that starts in the back. Sciatica can be characterised by any of the following:

  • Sciatica is a burning or shooting pain that starts in the buttock or lower back and spreads to the front and back of the leg, foot and/or thigh.
  • Sciatica can cause numbness on the back of your leg. Sometimes, tingling or weakness can also be present.
  • One side symptoms. Sciatica usually affects only one leg. It is common for the affected leg to feel heavy.
  • Posture-induced symptoms. Sciatica may be worsened by sitting, standing up, bending forward at the spine, twisting it, lying down and/or coughing. Walking or placing a heat pad over the area behind the pelvis can relieve symptoms.

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Sciatica: What are the main causes?

The most common cause for sciatica is herniated disks.

Sciatica describes a group of symptoms that can be caused by a medical condition such as:

  • Herniated lumbar disc
  • Lumbar spinal stenosis
  • Lumbar disc degenerative disease, degenerative changes to vertebrae and discs in general
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Muscle spasm or inflammation of the lumbar, pelvic and/or thigh muscles
  • Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction

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Sciatica can be caused by tumours, blood-clots or other conditions of the lower spine but these are rare. The terms lumbar pain or radicular ache can be used interchangeably to describe sciatica.

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