SCIATICA

Also called: sciatic neuritis

Pain radiating along the sciatic nerve, which runs down one or both legs from the lower back

Very common

More than 10 million cases per year (India)

    • Treatable by a medical professional
    • Requires a medical diagnosis
    • Lab tests or imaging always required
    • Medium-term: resolves within months

    It's usually caused when a herniated disc or bone spur in the spine presses on the nerve.

    Pain originates in the spine and radiates down the back of the leg.

    Sciatica typically affects only one side of the body. Medication for pain and physiotherapy are common treatments.

Symptoms

Usually self-diagnosable

Pain originates in the spine and radiates down the back of the leg. Sciatica typically affects only one side of the body.

People may experience:

Pain areas: in the back, buttocks, hip, lower extremities, muscles, spine, or thigh
Pain types: can be chronic in the back, mild, severe, severe in the back, radiating, or sharp
Pain circumstances: can occur at night, due to injury, or while sitting
Sensory: leg numbness or pins and needles
Foot: difficulty raising the foot or numbness
Also common: burning sensation, limping, muscle weakness, or weakness