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Sciatica FAQs

Sciatica is the pain that radiates along the path of sciatic nerve, which is the largest nerve in your body. Usually, pain develop on one side of the body, which typically originates in the lower back and extends to the legs. Sometimes, it can affect both the legs.

Basically, sciatica pain happens due to an injury or irritation to the sciatic nerve. It is commonly caused due to a slipped disc or herniated disc that puts pressure on the nerve root. When a nerve in your lower back gets compressed, irritated, or pinched, it results in sciatica.

A typical episode of sciatica may last for several weeks. Sciatica can be acute or chronic. An acute episode may last between 1-2 weeks and gets resolved in a few weeks.

Typical symptoms are low back pain, leg pain, buttock pain, weakness, numbness, pain with movement, and decreased range of motion.

Avoid sitting or lying down for a long period of time. Move frequently even if it hurts, as it helps you to get better faster.

Continue doing your normal day-to-day activities as much as possible.

Place a firm cushion or pillow under your knees while lying on your back and place it in between your knees when sleeping on our side.

If the person works under severe physical stress environment then, the chances of recurrence are high. However, many factors are responsible for whether a person will have sciatica occurrence more than once. Sciatica may re-occur if the spinal disc that first contributed to sciatica is severely damaged. If the disc is damaged more then, more likely it will re-herniate and result in sciatica again.