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Sciatica is a term used to describe a burning or aching pain that travels down the sciatic nerve. This nerve begins in the lumbar spine and extends into the hips, buttocks and down each leg. A classic sign of Sciatica is radiating pain along the hip and into the leg. Sciatica itself is not a diagnosis but rather a symptom of an underlying spinal condition.

Generally, Sciatica will only affect only one side of your body. Standing, sitting, coughing, sneezing or sudden movements may aggravate this condition and cause a sharp pain along the Sciatic nerve.

The underlying causes of Sciatica can include:

  • Herniated spinal disc
  • Spondylosis
  • Bone spurs in the spine
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spinal nerve compression

If you are experiencing Sciatica pain it is important to seek medical attention to address the underlying lumbar spine condition causing this pain.