The pain caused by compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve is called sciatica. It is severe and debilitating although it typically affects just one part of the body, starting from the lower back and continuing down the back of the leg.
Another symptom can include tingling or burning sensation in the leg, weakness, and numbness down the affected leg and toes, shooting pain that causes difficulty sitting down or standing up.
The most common cause of sciatica is a slipped or herniated disc, but it can as well be caused by degenerative disc disease, spinal injury or infection, spinal stenosis, pregnancy, piriformis syndrome, and isthmic spondylolisthesis. Nowadays, there are various conventional treatments for this condition, but most of them soothe the pain only temporarily. Moreover, most of the steroid injections can lead to severe side effects.
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