What is Sciatica?
Sciatica is caused by irritation of the nerve root(s) of the lower back also referred to as the lumbar spine. The nerves run from the lower back down the back of each leg ending in the toes. Sciatica is quite a common problem and rarely requires surgery.
What Are the Common Symptoms of Sciatica?
Common symptoms of sciatica include:
• You will usually have lower back pain or discomfort.
• Pain in the buttock and or back of the leg.
• Burning type sensation or tingling down the leg.
• Weakness, numbness, or difficulty moving the leg or foot.
• A shooting pain that makes it difficult to move or stand up.
Sciatica usually affects only one side of the lower back and leg. Often, the pain extends from the lower back all the way through the back of the thigh and down through the leg. The pain may also extend to the foot or toes. For some people, the pain from sciatica can be severe and debilitating. For others, the sciatica pain might be infrequent and irritating, but has the potential to get worse.
You should seek immediate medical attention with any symptoms of progressive leg or foot weakness, any tingling, numbness or pins and needle type sensation to the genital areas and/or loss of bladder or bowel control.
Can Sciatica be prevented?
Some causes of sciatica are not totally preventable as it may often be the result of a back injury such as a sports injury, back strain due to pregnancy, and accidental events such as DIY.