If you suddenly feel pain in your lower back or hip that radiates to the back of your thigh and into your leg you may be experiencing sciatica pain. The term sciatica describes this symptom of leg pain and is a symptom of an underlying medical condition linked to the spine. OPTIMAL Pain & Regenerative Medicine® discusses sciatica symptoms with patients living in the Dallas, Fort Worth and Arlington, Texas area.
What You Need to Know About Sciatica
Sciatica pain is not a medical diagnosis. It is a symptom of an underlying medical condition such as spinal stenosis, a herniated disc or spondylolisthesis. The term sciatica describes the symptom of leg pain that is characterized by a tingling, numb or weak sensation that originates in the lower back and travels through the buttock and down the sciatic nerve into the leg.
Sciatica pain may feel like a bad leg cramp or may be excruciating or shooting pain that makes sitting or standing difficult. Other sciatica symptoms include:
- Constant pain in only one side of the buttock or leg
- Weakness, numbness or difficulty moving the leg or foot
- Pain made worse after a sneeze or cough
Sciatica symptoms can occur suddenly or appear gradually. The symptoms may be short-lived or may last for weeks.