Is my leg pain, Sciatica or Something Else?
Leg pain occurs for many different reasons. However not all leg pain is sciatica.
Scaitica is pain down the leg below the knees in either on or both legs.
The Sciatic nerve originates in the Lumbar Spine (low back) and travels through the muscle in our buttock and into the leg down to our big toe.
When the muscles are tight in our buttocks, there can be an irritation of the nerve and this gives rise to pain in this area, or in the thigh. This is muscle referred pain, however not a true form of sciatica.
Sciatica occurs when the nerve root is irritated and there is pain traveling down the leg beyond the knee. Sometimes this is associated with a shooting pain, or pins&needle pain traveling to the foot. Occasionally the foot may feel numb.
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