Do you have back pain? Back pain can greatly complicate our daily tasks that we do. Sciatica describes the symptoms of leg pain, sometimes tingling, numbness or weakness that originate in the lower back and travel through the buttock and down the large sciatic nerve in the back of the leg.
Symptoms of Sciatica Nerve Pain
Sciatica is often characterized by one or a combination of the following symptoms:
- Constant pain in only one side of the buttock or leg (rarely it occurs in both legs)
- Pain that is worse when sitting
- Leg pain that is often described as burning, tingling or searing (vs. a dull ache)
- Weakness, numbness or difficulty moving the leg or foot
- A sharp pain that may make it difficult to stand up or to walk
Causes of Sciatica Pain
Sciatica pain generally occurs when the large sciatic nerve is irritated or compressed in the lumbar spine. Herniation in your lumbar spine, the part of your spine bending inward, near you lower-middle back, is a frequent cause of sciatica pain. However, the major culprit that accounts for approximately 70% sciatica cases is piriformis. The piriformis muscle is a small muscle located deep in the buttock region, which spasms and causes buttock pain. The piriformis muscle can also irritate the nearby sciatic nerve thus producing pain, numbness and tingling along the back of the leg and into the foot.