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What is sciatica?
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Dr. Albert Pizzo
Family Medicine
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Albert Pizzo
Dr. Albert Pizzo
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Dr. Patrick Roth
Most cases of sciatica are not sciatica - if you are a purist. Most cases of sciatica come from compression of a lumber nerve root. The lower lumbar nerve roots come together to form the sciatic nerve. The correct term, most of the time, is radiculopathy.
Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management
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In brief: Back ; Leg Pain
Sciatica is pain in the distribution of the leg as a 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 injection.

In brief: Back ; Leg Pain
Sciatica is pain in the distribution of the leg as a 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 injection.
Dr. Qamar Khan
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Dr. David Dinhofer
I would like to add that Sciatica could be caused by muscle or joint pain that is self limited. Often, no medical treatment (massage, hot bath, or stretching will help the pain go away.
Dr. Foead Geula
Anesthesiology
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In brief: Shooting pain
A herniated disc can cause back pain as well as foot pain by physically pressing on the nerves that travel to the foot and by irritating them through the extrusion of pro-inflammatory disc materials.
Typical symptoms include back pain and shooting, electrical pain going down one or both legs.

In brief: Shooting pain
A herniated disc can cause back pain as well as foot pain by physically pressing on the nerves that travel to the foot and by irritating them through the extrusion of pro-inflammatory disc materials.
Typical symptoms include back pain and shooting, electrical pain going down one or both legs.
Dr. Foead Geula
Dr. Foead Geula
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Dr. Einar Ottestad
Pain Management
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In brief: Lumbar radiculopathy
You have 5 lumbar vertebrae connected to the sacrum. Between each two vertebrae there is a foramen, or hole, bilaterally where the nerves to the legs leave the spinal canal.
Spine arthritis, and degenerative disk disease can cause bone or ligaments to encroach on these spinal nerves either inside the spine or in the foramina causing shooting pain, leg numbness, leg weakness.

In brief: Lumbar radiculopathy
You have 5 lumbar vertebrae connected to the sacrum. Between each two vertebrae there is a foramen, or hole, bilaterally where the nerves to the legs leave the spinal canal.
Spine arthritis, and degenerative disk disease can cause bone or ligaments to encroach on these spinal nerves either inside the spine or in the foramina causing shooting pain, leg numbness, leg weakness.
Dr. Einar Ottestad
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Dr. David Lundin
Neurosurgery
In brief: Leg pain
Sciatica is a symptom from compression of one or more nerves in the lumbar spine that causes severe buttock and leg pain often associated with numbness and tingling.
Although theist common cause comes from your low back, it can come from any compression of the nerve along its course from your back to your foot.

In brief: Leg pain
Sciatica is a symptom from compression of one or more nerves in the lumbar spine that causes severe buttock and leg pain often associated with numbness and tingling.
Although theist common cause comes from your low back, it can come from any compression of the nerve along its course from your back to your foot.
Dr. David Lundin
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