Sciatica is a broad term used to describe back and leg pain caused by compression of the large sciatic nerve that orginates in the lower back and travels through the back of each leg. The symtptoms caused by sciatica can include pain in the lower back and weakness, tingling, pins and needles, electric shock sensations and numbness in the leg. Symptoms can travel from the lower back, through to the buttocks, and into the legs. Pain caused by sciatica can vary from infrequent and irritating to constant and debilitating. If sciatica is left untreated the symptoms can worsen, and it can make it hard to hard to stand and walk. Any leg pain that can be described as tingling, searing, or burning, can be attributed to sciatica.
Sciatica can affect anyone, especially those who spend a lot of time sitting or bending and lifiting, putting more straing on the lowe back. It is important that you have sciatic pain treated effectively so that the pain does not persist or gradually worsen.