What is sciatica?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Sciatica refers to the pain and other symptoms that result from a sciatic nerve problem. Your sciatic nerve extends from your lower back down the back of each of your legs. Although sciatica is typically the result of a herniated disk, there are several other possible causes. Sciatica typically occurs only on one side of your body.

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