What Is Sciatica?
The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body, moving from the lower back, through the hips and backside, down both legs. Sciatica is a chronic pain condition in which the sciatic nerve, or associated nerve roots, are compressed or injured, resulting in pain that often radiates through the lower back and legs 2 Sciatica Davis D, Maini K, Vasudevan A. Sciatica. [Updated 2020 Apr 27]. In: StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2020 Jan-. Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK507908/ Davis D, Maini K, Vasudevan A. . Approximately 5-10% of all those dealing with lower back pain do in fact have sciatica. A slipped disc with nerve root compression is the cause of 90% of sciatica cases, though there are other potential causes such as tumors, resulting in nerve compression 1 Diagnosis and treatment of sciatica Koes, B. W., van Tulder, M. W., & Peul, W. C. (2007). Diagnosis and treatment of sciatica. BMJ (Clinical research ed.), 334(7607), 1313–1317. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39223.428495.BE Koes, B. W., van Tulder, M. W., & Peul, W. C. .