Sciatica is often felt with symptoms including: pain, burning, numbness, tingling, weakness that starts in the low back or buttocks area and radiates (travels) down one leg (usually), however can affect both legs at the same time or alternate from one leg to the other. The intensity of sciatic symptoms can range from mildly annoying to full blown, intense pain that totally incapacitates a person. When the nerve is irritated or inflamed the patient will have pain and other symptoms listed above, hence the term “sciatica”. The term “sciatica” is derived from the nerve called the sciatic nerve.
The sciatic nerve is composed of nerves that exit the lower spinal cord on both sides and combine together into one large nerve (the largest in the body) that travels through the buttocks and down both legs into the feet and to the toes. The sciatic nerve supplies all of the skin of the leg, the muscles at the back of the thigh and the muscles of the lower leg and foot.
If you or anyone you know is experiencing any of the above symptoms, it is recommended that you receive a consultation with one of our doctors. Numbness, tingling, burning, weakness, cramping or pain in the legs or feet can be the result of a serious problem. Even if the symptoms come and go and are mild, a check up is still indicated. Please don’t make the mistake of thinking that these symptoms are OK and will go away on their own.