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Is sciatica usually a problem in the central or peripheral nervous systems?
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Dr. Louis Grenzer
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
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In brief: Peripheral
It is caused by pressure on the sciatic nerve which is a part of the peripheral nervous system.

In brief: Peripheral
It is caused by pressure on the sciatic nerve which is a part of the peripheral nervous system.
Dr. Louis Grenzer
Dr. Louis Grenzer
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Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Generally Peripheral
Nervous System, since sciatica affects the lower motor neurons exiting out of spinal canal.
Sciatica is not associated with Central Nervous System disorders even though pain can travel into the sciatic nerve from these areas, however its not called sciatica.

In brief: Generally Peripheral
Nervous System, since sciatica affects the lower motor neurons exiting out of spinal canal.
Sciatica is not associated with Central Nervous System disorders even though pain can travel into the sciatic nerve from these areas, however its not called sciatica.
Dr. Qamar Khan
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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
In brief: Usually central as a
Result of a disc herniation or spinal stenosis compressing the thecal sac or nerve roots leading to pain down the leg(s).
However, the peripheral nerves can be compressed by extra spinal causes such as a pyriformis syndrome or intrapelvic lesion.

In brief: Usually central as a
Result of a disc herniation or spinal stenosis compressing the thecal sac or nerve roots leading to pain down the leg(s).
However, the peripheral nerves can be compressed by extra spinal causes such as a pyriformis syndrome or intrapelvic lesion.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Dr. Thomas Dowling
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