Sciatica is characterized by pain that originates in the low back or buttock that travels into one or both legs. Sciatic nerve pain varies in intensity and frequency – minimal, moderate, severe and occasional, intermittent, frequent or constant.
Sciatic pain can be described as dull, achy, sharp, toothache-like, pins and needles, or similar to electric shock-like shooting leg pain. Other sciatica symptoms may include burning or numbness and tingling sensations. Sciatica is also called radiating or referred pain, neuropathy, or neuralgia. A misconception is that sciatica is a disorder—however, sciatica is really a symptom of a disorder.
Sciatica is generally caused by sciatic nerve compression. Spinal disorders known to cause sciatic nerve pain include lumbar spine subluxations (misaligned vertebral bodies), herniated or bulging discs (slipped discs), pregnancy and childbirth, spinal tumors, and non-spinal disorders such as diabetes, constipation, or sitting on one’s back pocket wallet.
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