Sciatica - Definition

July 2017


Definition


Sciatica is a term used to describe all pain symptoms relating to an irritation of the sciatic nerve. This type of pain can spread from the buttock to the foot. Sciatica can be chronic or reoccurring, and is responsible for pain resembling electric shocks in the areas innervated by the sciatic nerve. It is caused by pressure exerted on the sciatic nerve, notably in cases of disc herniation, by a tumor, or even a neurological disease. By administering analgesics, local corticosteroid injection, and physiotherapy, the pain symptoms can be relieved.

Related

Published by Jeff. Latest update on November 12, 2013 at 05:55 AM by Jeff.
This document, titled "Sciatica - Definition," is available under the Creative Commons license. Any copy, reuse, or modification of the content should be sufficiently credited to CCM Health (health.ccm.net).