Compression of the sciatic nerve causes pain-frequently described as tingling or numbness-in the buttocks and along the nerve, often down to the leg. The pain may worsen as a result of sitting for a long period of time, climbing stairs, walking, or running.

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Sciatica is a pain in the leg due to irritation of the sciatic nerve. The p ...
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Sciatica Symptoms

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Signs and symptoms
... Pain that radiates from your lower (lumbar) spine to your buttock and down the back of your leg is the hallmark of sciatica. You may feel the discomfort almost anywhere along the nerve pathway, but it...
Source: MayoClinic

Causes
... Sciatica usually results from compression of a nerve root in your lower (lumbar) spine — a condition called a radiculopathy. By far the most common cause of this compression is a herniated disk ...
Source: MayoClinic

Sciatica Prevention

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Prevention
... It''s not always possible to prevent sciatica, but the following suggestions can play a key role in protecting your back: Exercise regularly. This is the most important thing you can do for your overa...
Source: MayoClinic

Sciatica Treatment

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Complications
... In some cases, sciatica can result in permanent nerve damage, although this is uncommon. Depending on what''s causing the nerve to be compressed, other complications may occur, including loss of feeli...
Source: MayoClinic

Treatment
... For most people, sciatica responds well to self-care measures. You''ll heal more quickly if you continue with your usual activities but avoid what may have triggered the pain in the first place. Altho...
Source: MayoClinic

Sciatica Other

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Sciatica
... What is sciatica? Sciatica is a pain that runs along the sciatic nerve, a large nerve extending from the lower back and down the back of each leg. Sciatica is a common kind of back pain. Although scia...
Source: Cleveland Clinic

Piriformis Syndrome Information Page
... Piriformis syndrome is a rare neuromuscular disorder that occurs when the piriformis muscle compresses or irritates the sciatic nerve-the largest nerve in the body. The piriformis muscle is a narrow m...
Source: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

   

Sciatica Articles

  • Piriformis Syndrome Information Page
    ... Piriformis syndrome is a rare neuromuscular disorder that occurs when the piriformis muscle compresses or irritates the sciatic nerve-the largest nerve in the body. The piriformis muscle is a narrow m...