Information on Sciatica
When looking for information on sciatica, it's a good idea to start with an understanding of the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is the large nerve that extends down the spinal column to the pelvis and carries nerve fibers to the leg. When there is compression on the sciatic nerve root, it is known as sciatica.
This condition can cause shock-like or burning pain through the buttocks and down one leg to below the knee. Although a ruptured or herniated disc is the most common cause, sciatica can also be caused by things like a tumor or a cyst.
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