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Does sciatic nerve pain generally run up your back?

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Dr. Douglas Chang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 21 years experience
No: The condition refers to pain running down the leg.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 40 years experience
No: It is pain that radiates down one or both legs generally past the knee. Some conditions that can lead to sciatica can also lead to back pain that can be more diffuse in the back itself.
Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management 17 years experience
No: likely you are having referred pain through the muscles that are irritated. Sometimes the fascial layers that hold each muscle can get irritated and then can send that irritation to another muscle and fascial layer. See a pain/spine specialist if you are not improving.

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Last updated Jul 23, 2014

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