RADICULAR PAIN SYNDROME
Sciatica (Radicular Pain Syndrome) is a spinal condition that results in symptoms of pain, weakness, tingling and/or numbness in either the upper extremity or lower extremity. The underlying cause is usually due to irritation or compression of exiting spinal nerves. In the lower extremity the term “sciatica” refers to radicular pain that starts in the lower back and radiates symptoms in the lower extremity(s).
The term “sciatica” is commonly used to describe pain traveling in the distribution of the sciatic nerve in the lower extremity. Sciatica is a symptom caused by a disorder occurring in the lumbar spine. The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the human body, about the diameter of a finger. The sciatic nerve then runs vertically downward into the back of the thigh, behind the knee branching into the hamstring muscles (calf) and further downward to the foot.
Usually sciatica affects one side of the body. The pain may be dull, sharp, burning, or intermittent shocks of shooting pain beginning in the buttock traveling downward into the back or side of the thigh and/or leg. Sciatica then extends below the knee and may be felt in the feet. Sometimes symptoms include tingling and numbness. Sitting and trying to stand up may be painful and difficult. Coughing and sneezing may intensify the pain.
13710 Olive Boulevard (Primary Office)
Chesterfield, MO 63017
Telephone: 314-469-PAIN (7246)
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