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Sciatic Nerve Pain: Causes and Treatments

Sciatic Nerve Pain

Sciatica is a term describing the symptoms of leg pain originating in the lower back, traveling through the buttock and down the sciatic nerve located at the back of each leg. The sciatic nerve is the largest single nerve in the body, made up of individual nerve roots branching from the spine in the lower back.

Symptoms

Sciatica symptoms occur when the sciatic nerve is compressed or irritated near its point of origin. However, sciatica is not a medical diagnosis; it is a symptom of an underlying medical condition that causes sciatic pain.

Sciatic nerve pain varies from infrequent and irritating to constant and debilitating. Symptoms are usually determined by the location of the pinched nerve. Common symptoms include:

  • Leg pain described as tingling, burning, or searing
  • Weakness, numbness or tingling in the foot or toes
  • Sharp pain making it difficult to stand or walk
  • Constant pain in one side of the buttocks (rarely both sides)
  • Pain that increases when sitting

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Symptoms and Treatment

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Symptoms and Treatment

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is a pinched nerve in the wrist that can cause, numbness and tingling in the hand and arm. It is due to compression of the median nerve, which passes through the carpal tunnel at the base of the wrist and into the hand.

As pressure builds within the carpal tunnel, the median nerve no longer conducts electricity properly which leads to the symptoms of numbness and tingling in the hand and fingers. As Carpal Tunnel Syndrome progresses it may limit your ability to work, participate in sports, or perform daily activities.

It’s a condition that affects nearly 3 million Americans annually.

Spinal Stenosis: Symptoms and Treatment

Spinal Stenosis

The spine consists of vertebrae and discs. Between the vertebrae and discs are spaces, and when this space is narrowed it can place pressure on the spinal cord and the nerves traveling through the spine into the arms and legs. When this happens, it is known as spinal stenosis.