SCIATICA

Sciatica is a symptomatic term that describes leg pain caused by the compression/irritation of any of the branches of the Sciatic nerve. The pain often moves into the buttock, then the back or side of the thigh, and then travels down into the calf. The pain can even shoot into the feet and toes. The source of the pain is caused by irritation to the lumbar nerves that leave the spine as they begin to form the branches of the sciatic nerve.

Causes For The Above Conditions.

  • Anything that encroaches on or puts pressure on the sciatic nerve can be considered a cause of sciatica. Commons causes of sciatica
  • Lumbar disc herniation directly pressing on the nerve, in addition to inflammation that irritates the nerve.
  • Trauma or muscle spasm can put pressure on the peripheral nerve, producing symptoms along that nerve‚Äôs distribution
  • Pregnency.
  • Tightness of the piriformis muscle resulting in compression on the sciatic nerve underlying the muscle.
  • Spondylolisthesis (a condition in which one vertebra slips forward over another one)

Symptoms For The Above Conditions

  • Lower back Pain
  • Pain in the back or radicular to the buttock, into the leg and extending down behind the knee, to the foot
  • Pain in the rear or leg that is worse when sitting
  • Numbness or paraesthesia (tingling) may be experienced from the low back to the foot depending on the distribution of the affected nerve.
  • Stiffness in the joints following a period of rest.
  • A shooting pain that makes it difficult to stand up
  • Weakness, numbness, or difficulty moving the leg or foot