Sciatica is a common condition that affects millions of people worldwide. It is a pain that radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve, which is the longest nerve in the body. Sciatica can range from mild to severe, and it can be a debilitating condition that interferes with daily activities.
What is Sciatica?
Sciatica is a type of pain that originates in the lower back and travels down one or both legs. It occurs when the sciatic nerve, which runs from the lower back through the buttocks and down the back of each leg, becomes compressed or irritated. The pain can be a sharp, shooting pain, or a dull, achy pain that is persistent.
Causes of Sciatica
Sciatica is usually caused by a pinched nerve. This can be from a herniated disc, which is a condition in which the soft tissue between the vertebrae in the spine ruptures and presses against the sciatic nerve. Other causes of sciatica include spinal stenosis, which is a narrowing of the spinal canal, inflamed facet joints, and degenerative disc disease, which is the natural wear and tear of the spinal discs.
Symptoms of Sciatica
The most common symptom of sciatica is pain that radiates from the lower back down one or both legs. The pain can be a sharp, shooting pain, or a dull, achy pain that is persistent. Other symptoms of sciatica may include tingling, numbness, or weakness in the affected leg or foot.
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