The Sciatic Nerve
The sciatic nerve begins at the lowest part of the spinal cord (in the lumbar and sacral areas). Each of the two branches of the sciatic nerve is about as wide as a thumb and is the largest nerve in the body. The sciatic nerve travels through the pelvis to either side of the buttocks and down the back of the legs to the feet.
Causes of Sciatica.
A herniated disk pressing on the sciatic nerve is the most common cause of sciatica, although spinal stenosis, spinal misaignment, or other vertebral abnormalities that press on the sciatic nerve can also cause pain.
Symptoms of Sciatica
The symptoms of sciatica varies, the pain may feel like a mild tingling, dull ache, or a burning sensation. In some cases, the pain is severe enough to cause immobility. The pain most often occurs on one side. Some people experience sharp pain in one part of the leg or hip and numbness in other parts. The affected leg may feel weak.
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