A 42-year-old member asked:
might a herniated disk without nerve compression still cause sciatica pain?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Douglas Beall answered
27 years experience Radiology
Absolutely: In fact most sciatica is not caused from frank nerve compression but mostly chemical irritation from the disc problem affecting the nerve.
Answered on Sep 29, 2016
Dr. Qamar Khan answered
16 years experience Pain Management
Yes: Nerve compression is just one way sciatica can happen. Often when looking at MRI, doctors don't take into consideration that this is a still image and doesn't show what your spine will do when you move, bend over or even stand up. That is why you need to see a spine specialist that can discuss this with you and your options for treatment.
Answered on Jul 10, 2014
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