It is a radicular pain that that can be sharp, radiating thereby creating a sensation of shooting pain from the low back down into the leg.
It is basically caused by a pinched nerve in the lower back. This creates severe pain in the leg known as “radiculopathy” which is worse than the back pain.
Why it happens?
Herniated disc is the most common cause of sciatic pain; sciatic nerve is pinched when a disc develops a tear and a crack and bulges into the spinal canal.
Furthermore, Sciatica is often caused by:
- Lumbar Spinal Stenosis-narrowing of the spinal canal in the lower back
- Degenerative disc disease- breakdown of discs, which act as a support between the vertebrae.
- Spondylolsthesis-a condition in which one vertebra slips over the other one.
What are the Sciatica Pain Causes ?
Common symptoms include:
- Pain in the rear or leg that becomes worse when sitting, standing or walking.
- Burning or tingling down the leg
- Weakness, numbness or difficulty in moving the leg or foot
- A constant pain on one side of the rear
- A shooting/irritating pain that makes it difficult to stand up.
When to see a doctor?
If sciatica pain is mild, then it would probably leave after some time. But if the symptoms persist and if you are feeling the pain after some mishap such as accidents, slipping and falling etc then you should visit a doctor at your earliest. Immediately visit a doctor, if,
- You are experiencing, sudden or severe pain in your lower back or leg
- The pain is after a violent injury such as accident etc.
- It’s difficult for you to control your bowels or bladder.