A few weeks back we ran a herniated/slipped disk article detailing it’s causes, symptoms and potential treatments. If you’ve missed that article, you can find it here.Today we’re going to discuss sciatica, a condition often associated with and caused by a herniated or slipped disk in the vertebrae.
Sciatica is a condition of the sciatic nerve in which the nerve is either damaged, irritated or compressed. As the sciatic nerve is the single longest and widest nerve in the human body, running from the lower back all the way down to the back of the foot, there is a fairly large area where the nerve may become irritated.
The image above is a diagram of the sciatic nerve, courtesy of Wikipedia.org
Symptoms of Sciatica include but are not limited to
- Pain in the legs that is at it’s worst when sitting down
- Burning/Tingling of the legs particularly at the back of the leg
- Loss/limited range of motion of one or both legs/feet
- A shooting pain through the leg/rear, especially when standing up
If you experience one or many of these or similar symptoms, it is important to seek treatment. Sciatica, first and foremost, is a symptom or a group of symptoms of an underlying condition, not a standalone ailment. Because of this, it must be identified and diagnosed as early as possible in order to keep the underlying condition from worsening.