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What exactly is sciatic nerve pain?

What exactly is sciatic nerve pain?

Pain down the leg: The sciatic nerve is a bundle of nerve fibers that emerge from the lower spine providing wiring for the leg. If the nerve is injured or "pinched" as it exits the spine (or for that matter anywhere along it's course), the brain receives signals of pain which it may interpret as coming from somewhere along the course of the nerve. That pain is called sciatica. ...Read more

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Nerve (Definition)

The brain and spinal cord communicates with what is occurring in the internal organs and limbs by nerve fibers where are like electrical wires with insulation (myelin) and the "copper" (axon). Within brain and spinal cord these nerves connect to other nerves via synapses on both axons and dendrites. A nerve can carry information regarding sensations, and ...Read more


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What is sciatic pain?

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What is sciatic pain?

Shooting leg pain: Sciatic pain is due to irritation of the sciatic nerve that runs down either leg. It can present with lower back or buttock pain that is commonly described as shooting. It is generally painful all the way to the foot and becomes worse with hip flexion movements such as sitting or lifting the knee. ...Read more

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What is nerve impingement?

What is nerve impingement?

Pinching of nerve: It is pinching or compression of a nerve due to either a disc herniation, spinal stenosis , a bony ridge or spur, overgrowth or unfolding of ligament, overgrowth of a facet joint, from spinal instability. From a spinal deformity, from a synovial cyst, from excessive fat in the spinal canal, from a spinal fracture, from a spinal tumor, infection or even a bleed or vascular problem. I can list ... ...Read more

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What is radicular pain?

What is radicular pain?

Spinal nerve pain: Radicular pain refers to pain generated from an inflammation of a spinal nerve. Typically the pain occurs in specific part of the leg, both above and below the knee. The pain is a deep burning, tingling or shooting sensation that is present all the time. It can also occur in the arm (from cervical nerve root inflammation) or chest (from thoracic nerve pain). ...Read more

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What is sciatica?

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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What is sciatica?

What is sciatica?

Nerve pain: Sciatica is a common term for a set of symptoms caused by compression or irritation of the nerve roots that make up the sciatic nerve, or the actual sciatic nerves. The pain is felt in the lower back, buttock, or any part of the leg and foot. The pain may be accompanied by numbness, weakness, tingling and difficulty in moving or controlling the leg. There are many causes of sciatica. ...Read more

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What is done for sciatic nerve pain?

What is done for sciatic nerve pain?

Depends: Initially you should try conservative treatment such as physical therapy and anti-inflammatory medications. If you see no improvement then the next step would be epidural steroid injections from a pain management specialist. Or you may even require surgery if nothing else is helping. Start with your primary care doctor for treatment. ...Read more

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What is "nerve entrapment"?

What is "nerve entrapment"?

Nerve compression: Nerve compression syndrome or compression neuropathy, also entrapment neuropathy, is medical condition caused by direct pressure on single nerve, known as trapped nerve, though this may also refer to nerve root compression (by a herniated disc, for example). Its symptoms include pain, tingling, numbness, and muscle weakness. Common places include elbow and wrist. ...Read more

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What is the best relief for sciatic nerve pain?

What is the best relief for sciatic nerve pain?

Time plus: Time is the best healer but activity restriction, guided exercise, medication especially a steroid pack, and even epidural steroid injections may help. Cessation of smoking, weight reduction and regular exercise will help prevent a recurrence which has a rate of 5% if due to a disc herniation. ...Read more

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What is the phrenic nerve?

What is the phrenic nerve?

Diaphragm: The phrenic nerve is the nerve that inner ages the diaphragm. It emanates from the cervical spine. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for sciatic nerve pain?

What is the best treatment for sciatic nerve pain?

Spine Pain Options: 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 and may be candidate for facet injections/radiofrequency ablation and epidural steroid injections. ...Read more

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What type of nerve pain/sciatica would si dysfuncation cause? If it's inflamed would it irrate the sciatica nerve?

SI joint disorder: It usually causes low back pain , pain in the hip joint area and back of the thigh. Pain is like sciatica but it is a referred type of pain not caused by direct compression of the sciatic nerve. ...Read more

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What is sciatia?

What is sciatia?

Lower limb pain: Sciatica is a general term for a condition which has caused inflammation of or compression of a major spinal nerve or nerves which have a pain pattern producing severe burning type pain down the buttock, thigh and calf. It can come from a problem with any or all the spinal nerves which comprise the sciatic L4 through s3 but most commonly comprises L5 or s1 or it can be pure sciatic pain (out). ...Read more

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How is a DX of Piriformis Syndrone made? Is it merely Sciatic Nerve irratation that radiates to buttocks. What is the Treatment?

How is a DX of Piriformis Syndrone made? Is it merely Sciatic Nerve irratation that radiates to buttocks. What is the Treatment?

Exam: The primary diagnostic tool is a detailed exam. A nerve conduction test specifically looking for piriformis syndrome can confirm. An injection in the piriformis area is used and can be both therapeutic and diagnostic. Physical therapy can be helpful in many cases. ...Read more

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What is a good way to alleviate pain due to a bulging herniated disk that is causing sciatica nerve pain?

What is a good way to alleviate pain due to a bulging herniated disk that is causing sciatica nerve pain?

Sciatica: If the pain is severe start with a day or so of rest heating pads and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications. As the pain starts improving you can gradually increase your activity level and start some gentle exercise and stretching. if the pain lasts more than one or two weeks or is accompanied with muscle weakness, bowel/bladde problems numbness or tingling you should see your doctor sooner ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of sciatic nerve pain?

What are the symptoms of sciatic nerve pain?

Pain: The symptoms are pain in the distribution of the sciatic nerve which means radiation from your low back down the back of your thigh into your calf and foot. In more severe cases there may be associated tingling, numbness and even weakness in specific muscles. If you are worried about having sciatica see an orthopedic or neurological surgeon or a neurologist. ...Read more

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What is radiculitis?

What is radiculitis?

Radiculitis: Is pain radiated along the sensory distribution of a nerve due to inflammation or other irritation of the nerve root (radiculopathy) at its connection to the spinal column. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for siatic nerve pain?

What is the best treatment for siatic nerve pain?

Injections: First of all the definition of true sciatic pain is low back pain that radiates down the back of your leg, usually all the way down to your lower leg/foot. Pain in the buttocks is not sciatica. Sciatica is an irritation of one or more of the nerve roots in the lumbar spine. Depending on severity and duration of symptoms, physical therapy, meds and/or injections may help. ...Read more

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Where is nerve pain typically felt in the foot? What does nerve pain feel like? How can you tell if it's nerve pain?

Where is nerve pain typically felt in the foot? What does nerve pain feel like? How can you tell if it's nerve pain?

A lot of Nerves.: Nerve pain seems to be more common on the bottoms of the feet as well as in the toes and forefoot areas. Having said that, nerve pain can be just about anywhere on the foot. The pain often is a burning, aching, sharp shooting or a fiery type of sensation. Nerve pain is not always easy to distinguish, from other types of pain. A doctor can help with the identification, cause and treatment of such. ...Read more

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Neuralgia (Definition)

Can also be described as neuropathic pain or "nerve pain" which can occur anywhere in the body. It can also be due to many disorders such as direct nerve damage, diabetes, ...Read more


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Sciatica (Definition)

A condition that results in 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 ...Read more