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Dr. Qamar Khan
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Sciatica (Overview)

Sciatica is a symptom describing pain, weakness, numbness, or tingling in the leg. It results from injury to or pressure on the sciatic nerve, which starts in the lower spine and runs down the back of each leg.


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How does sciatica feel?

How does sciatica feel?

Burn/electric pain: Sciatica refers to pain in the leg. It is usually limited to a specific area of the leg. Most often the pain starts in the buttocks and radiates down the back or side of the leg into the foot. The area of radiation is determined by the nerve root affected. The pain is a constant burning or electrical sensation, not worse with activities and not usually associated with back pain. ...Read more

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Dr. Qamar Khan
1,050 doctors shared insights

Sciatica (Overview)

Sciatica is a symptom describing pain, weakness, numbness, or tingling in the leg. It results from injury to or pressure on the sciatic nerve, which starts in the lower spine and runs down the back of each leg.


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Is pain when standing a symptom of sciatica?

Is pain when standing a symptom of sciatica?

Spine Pain: This pain in the distribution as you suggested is the result of an irritated nerve or facet joints or other injury typically in the lumbar spine (low back) which are caused by herniated disks, spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease, etc requiring further evaluation by a spine specialist. ...Read more

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Managing Sciatica (Tip)

Managing Sciatica

Some people with sciatica continue to have symptoms after surgery. ...See more

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Managing Sciatica (Checklist)

Use NSAIDs for pain relief
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Get an Xray/MRI in 4 weeks if not better
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See a spine/pain specialist if it doesn't improve
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What are the symptoms of sciatica like?

What are the symptoms of sciatica like?

Leg pain: Sciatica means leg or thigh pain. It does not mean more then that. However, most of the time when people say sciatica they mean radiculopathy which is a pinched nerve in the back. The symptoms are leg pain with numbness or tingling. ...Read more

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Managing Sciatica (Tip)

Managing Sciatica

Stretching the piriformis muscle can relieve the pain when not caused by disc herniation. ...See more

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What is sciatica?

Sciatica: Sciatic is a condtion of pain arising from pressure or irritation or inflammation of the sciatic nerve as it courses from the lumbar spine down to the lower leg and foot. ...Read more

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How do physicians diagnose low-back pain?

How do physicians diagnose low-back pain?

Many Possibilities: Depending on how long it's been going on, i would consider an evaluation by a spine specialist. Using imaging studies and examination it can be determined. Sometimes it could be a muscle imbalance, early onset arthritis or scoliosis. Also could be a pinched nerve/herniated disc. Either way it might be good to figure it out and get appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Low Back Pain (Definition)

Low back pain is pain that occurs in the back above the buttock area and below the ribs. Low back pain can be sharp, dull, intermittent or constant. Pain can be at rest or associated with activity. Back pain can also be accompanied with pain that shoots or radiates down into the lower extremities or legs which is frequently ...Read more


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