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Can sciatic never cause slight pain/slight numb feeling in back of leg, behind the knee, where the leg folds? or could running irritate this area?

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Dr. Karen Butler
Family Medicine 21 years experience
Both: Sciatica could cause the pain down you leg and your running like this is bad news. Better stop the running until the inflammation comes down
Dr. Philip Miller
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Possibly: But doubtful. The sciatic nerve runs from the mid buttock ( gluteal area) down the back of the leg towards the foot. The pain is usually lower back or buttock pain; however there is a part of the nerve that runs behind the upper thigh toward the knee. The area behind the knee ( popliteal fossa) can certainly be injured by running or overuse. I suggest orthopedic evaluation and NSAIDS as needed
Dr. Rebecca Gliksman
Internal Medicine 38 years experience
Popliteal pain: There can always be variations, in location of pain but if a runner would consider tendon strain(semimembranosus, hamstring), gastreconemius, posterior horn of meniscus ,baker's cyst, rare areterio-venous malformation or occlusion, f/u w/ doc

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