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What are the symptoms of sciatica like?

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Dr. Steven Arbit
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Steven Arbit
Dr. Steven Arbit
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Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Pain down leg

Shooting pain down one leg.

In brief: Pain down leg

Shooting pain down one leg.
Dr. David Rosenfeld
Dr. David Rosenfeld
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Dr. Einar Ottestad
Pain Management
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Shooting pain

Sciatica is the more common term for lumbar radiculopathy.
This usually means a pinched lumbar spinal nerve which can result in numbness, weakness, and pain in specific distributions depending on which spinal nerve is affected.

In brief: Shooting pain

Sciatica is the more common term for lumbar radiculopathy.
This usually means a pinched lumbar spinal nerve which can result in numbness, weakness, and pain in specific distributions depending on which spinal nerve is affected.
Dr. Einar Ottestad
Dr. Einar Ottestad
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Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management

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
Dr. Qamar Khan
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