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.
Symptoms and Causes of Sciatica
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Back Pain Exams & Tests
Exams and tests to determine what might be causing your lower back pain.
Back Pain Prevention
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Slideshow: Surprising Reasons You're in Pain
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Slideshow: Back Pain Myths & Facts
WebMD's back pain slideshow lets you in on the truth about the causes and treatments for back pain.