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Causes of sciatica
Usually, sciatica is caused by a herniated disk in your spine that presses on your sciatic nerve.
Other reasons for pressure on your sciatic nerve may include:
- Poor posture
- Blood clot
- Awkward sitting position
- Any nerve disorders
- Sometimes, the cause for your sciatica cannot be identified.
Symptoms of sciatica
Following are the most common symptoms of sciatica. However, you may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:
- Lower back pain that radiates down your buttock and the back of one thigh
- Pain that extends from your buttock down to your foot
- Numbness (in severe cases)
- Weakness (in severe cases)
The symptoms of sciatica may resemble other conditions or medical problems. Always consult your health care provider for a diagnosis.
Treatment begins with nonsurgical methods such as steroid injections, but if pain relief is not successful, surgical procedures may be needed.
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