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The sciatic nerve is considered the body’s largest nerve. It extends from the spinal cord’s lower end through the back of the thigh and divides below the knee. Pain that originates from the sciatic nerve is called sciatica. Even if sciatica is rooted in the lower lumbar region of the spine, the pain can be felt at different points on the sciatic nerve and its branches. Even if it is not considered a medical diagnosis, sciatica is often used to indicate a bigger medical issue or condition. Underlying causes of sciatica such as herniated disc, degenerative disc disease, and spinal stenosis all require medical care.

Acute sciatic pain may suddenly occur, but will usually heal after several days or week. Chronic sciatic pain on the other hand can persist more than 6-8 weeks and is usually indicative of a much bigger medical issue. Sciatica symptoms include:

  • Constant nerve pain- A person may feel pain on one side of the buttock or leg that gets worse when they sit down. The pain can also make it difficult for the person to stand up or walk.
  • Numbness – Depending on where the damage is located, numbness may occur in the leg or on specific foot or toe.
  • Burning, tingling sensation – Aside from that dull, aching pain, people with sciatica also feel a tingling or searing sensation similar to “pins and needles” in the leg or foot area.
  • Weakness – A person with sciatica may feel weakness in the leg or foot. The pain is usually strong enough to interfere with his or her movement. Many patients report that it is similar to having to drag their lower foot.

Make sure to consult with a physician if you suspect you’re suffering from sciatic pain. Don’t hesitate to contact Spine Center of Texas if you’re looking for a better and more effective treatment option, or even considering a possible sciatica surgical fix.

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