Sciatica is pain originating in the sciatic nerve, which runs from the lower back down the back of your legs. Symptoms of sciatcia include burning in the leg, pain in the back of the leg when sitting, leg weakness, shooting pain, and more. Causes of sciatica may include lumbar spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, pregnancy, and other factors. Treatments may include medications, steroid injections, physical therapy, or surgery. Many times, sciatica will ease on its own. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about what causes sciatica, what the sciatic nerve looks like, how to treat sciatica, and much more.
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What is sciatica? Sciatica is pain, tingling, or numbness produced by an irritation of the nerve roots that lead to the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is formed by the nerve roots coming out of the spinal cord into the lower back. Branches of the sciatic nerve extend through the buttocks and down the back of each leg to the ankle and foot. What causes sciatica? The most common cause of sciatica ..
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