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Sciatica Pain

Sciatica is pain, tingling, or numbness produced by an irritation of the nerve roots that lead to the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is formed by the nerve roots coming out of the spinal cord into the lower back. It goes down through the buttock; then, its branches extend down the back of the leg to the ankle and foot.

Symptoms of Sciatica

Symptoms of sciatica include pain that begins in your back or buttock and moves down your leg and may move into your foot. Weakness, tingling, or numbness in the leg may also occur.

Causes of Sciatica

The most common cause of sciatica is a bulging or ruptured disc (herniated disc) in the spine pressing against the nerve roots that lead to the sciatic nerve.

Sciatica also can be a symptom of other conditions that affect the spine, such as:

  • Narrowing of the spinal canal (spinal stenosis)
  • Bone spurs (small, bony growths that form along joints) caused by arthritis
  • Nerve root compression (pinched nerve) caused by injury

In rare cases, sciatica can also be caused by conditions that do not involve the spine, such as tumors or pyriformis muscle.

Diagnosis of Sciatica

Sciatica is diagnosed by reviewing medical history and physical exam. Sometimes X-rays and tests such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are done to help find the cause of the sciatica.

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