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Sciatica

Symptoms, Causes, and General Information

Sciatica, often referred to as a “pinched nerve”, typically refers to symptoms of leg pain, stiffness and numbness, originating in the lower back. Usually the root of the problem is a ruptured or degenerative disc in the lumbar spine. This disc causes pressure on the sciatic nerve which results in leg pain. It should be known that Sciatica is not an acceptable diagnosis for a patient, it is just a tell-tale sign of a different condition, such as a herniated disc or Degenerative Disc Disease.

Sciatica Symptoms can include:

  • Persistent pain in the leg
  • Pain radiating through the lumbar spine, buttocks, hips and legs
  • Jarring pain while seated
  • Difficulty standing and/or walking
  • Numbness thigh area

If you suffer from Sciatica, you may have one or more of these conditions:

  • Degenerative Disc Disease- The gradual breakdown of a disc over time, making it unable to absorb shock
  • A Lumbar Disc Herniation- Damage to a disc along the lower back, forcing the jelly- like fluid out of the disc
  • Lumbar Spinal Stenosis- The narrowing of space between vertebra in the spine, which compresses the sciatic nerve
  • Spondylolisthesis- A disorder where one vertebra protrudes forward in front of another