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What is sciatic pain?

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Dr. Joshua Batt
Emergency Medicine
11 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Laurence Badgley
Sciatica from lumbar disk commonly refers to lower leg and foot. Sciatica caused by hypermobile sacroiliac joint typically refers to buttock, posterior thigh, and to the knee.
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: "nerve" pain

Sciatic pain (sciatica) is a common term used to describe pain that is felt in the leg, emanating from the back.
The sciatic nerve is a bundle of nerves that exits the low back and supplies the legs. Impingement of one or more of these nerves at the back can cause pain, numbness, tingling, etc. Down that nerve (and hence down the leg). Sciatic pain should be checked by your doctor or orthopedist.

In brief: "nerve" pain

Sciatic pain (sciatica) is a common term used to describe pain that is felt in the leg, emanating from the back.
The sciatic nerve is a bundle of nerves that exits the low back and supplies the legs. Impingement of one or more of these nerves at the back can cause pain, numbness, tingling, etc. Down that nerve (and hence down the leg). Sciatic pain should be checked by your doctor or orthopedist.
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Dr. Kevin Owoc
Dentistry - Prosthodontics

In brief: Leg pain

Sciatic pain is pain that is caused by the sciatic nerve.
This is a nerve that runs up the leg. This type of pain cause occur due to various reasons, but is usually due to a pinched nerve.

In brief: Leg pain

Sciatic pain is pain that is caused by the sciatic nerve.
This is a nerve that runs up the leg. This type of pain cause occur due to various reasons, but is usually due to a pinched nerve.
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Dr. Richard Maughon
Pain Management

In brief: Classic Sciatica

Classic sciatica is when there is pain in the posterior aspect of the thigh.
Often described as burning, stabbing - radiating down the buttocks to the posterior aspect of the knee, even to the foot. It can be due to direct irritation of the sciatic nerve or the nerve roots which comprise it. Therefore the cause can be due to disk herniation at l5-s1, or l4-5 - or from a severely inflamed si joint.

In brief: Classic Sciatica

Classic sciatica is when there is pain in the posterior aspect of the thigh.
Often described as burning, stabbing - radiating down the buttocks to the posterior aspect of the knee, even to the foot. It can be due to direct irritation of the sciatic nerve or the nerve roots which comprise it. Therefore the cause can be due to disk herniation at l5-s1, or l4-5 - or from a severely inflamed si joint.
Dr. Richard Maughon
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