What you need to know about sciatica

 I am not sure if you’re back has ever hurt, but if it has or it does currently, you need to read this. The term “sciatica” describes the symptoms of leg pain and possibly tingling, numbness or weakness that usually originates in your lower back and travels down through your buttocks and down the LARGE sciatic nerve in the back of your leg.


If you’ve ever had this type of pain, you know that it’s something you want to get rid of as fast as possible.


Sciatica (pronounced sigh-at-ih-kah) is not a medical diagnosis in and of itself – it is a symptom of an underlying medical condition.


If you have sciatica is often characterized by one or more of the following symptoms:


  • Constant pain in only one side of the buttock or leg (rarely can occur in both legs)
  • Pain that is worse when sitting
  • Burning or tingling down the leg (vs. a dull ache)
  • Weakness, numbness or difficulty moving the leg or foot
  • A constant pain on one side of the rear
  • A sharp pain that may make it difficult to stand up or to walk


Sciatic pain can vary from infrequent and irritating to constant and incapacitating.  These are symptoms of an underlying situation in your body and the longer you let them go or cover them up with aspirin or some other drugs, the worse the problem will become.


Specific sciatica symptoms also vary widely in type, location and severity, depending upon the condition causing your sciatica (such as a lumbar herniated disc).  If you have had or do have symptoms currently make sure you call the office immediately.