Sciatica

This is a term used by patients to describe pain which radiates to the lower limb. Such pain typically arises from irritation or compression (“pinching”) of a nerve arising from the lumbosacral spine. Such pain may result from a disc herniation (“slipped disc”) or spinal stenosis. Depending on which nerve is affected, the pain can extend to the lower limb in different distributions, not only along the back of the leg. Sometimes, similar pain syndromes arising from nerve irritation in the neck or cervical spine can cause pain radiation to the upper extremity, sometimes referred to as “sciatica” of the arm.

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