What Causes Sciatica?

Sciatica is generally not caused by a specific incident, and is a symptom of a larger medical condition. Sciatic pain results from the inflammation of the sciatic nerve and is usually marked by pain and tenderness along the course of the nerve running across the upper buttocks and the rear of the thighs with damage to the lumbar spine in the L2, L3, L4, L5 and S1 discs. A primary condition that causes sciatica is a herniated disc or bulging disc that is compressing the nerve root before it joins the sciatic nerve. Several nerve roots leave the spinal cord and exit through holes in the sacrum to combine and form the sciatic nerve, which then passes between layers of the buttock muscles into the deep muscles of the back of the thigh and throughout the leg. When these nerves are irritated or compressed, sciatica symptoms occur.

sciatic nerve causing pain

In general the following conditions can cause sciatica:

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