The first thing to know about the pain associated with your sciatic nerve roots, commonly referred to as Sciatica, is that Sciatica is not a medical diagnosis rather Sciatica is a symptom of an underlying medical disorder. Sciatica refers not only to symptoms of pain but also to numbness or weakness felt along your sciatic nerve.
Sciatica is caused by an underlying medical disorder that irritates or compresses one or more of your five sciatic nerve roots. Here’s the list of some of the most common medical disorders that cause sciatic pain:
Degenerative Disc Disease
Degenerative disc disease can cause the inflammatory proteins contained inside your spinal discs to leak on to your nerve roots which in turn may lead to sciatica’s symptoms.
Isthmic Spondylolisthesis occurs when a stressed fracture allows one vertebral body to slip forward onto another. This may result in the pinching of the sciatic nerve root.
Your sciatic nerve may be irritated as a result of Piriformis Syndrome or the spasming of your piriformis muscle. Strictly speaking, sciatic nerve pain caused by piriformis syndrome is not classified as sciatica. Sciatica symptoms are typically felt on only one half of your body and depending on where your sciatic nerve roots are compressed, your symptoms may be felt in different parts of your leg or foot.
We hope this information helps you better understand why your sciatic nerve hurts so much.
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