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Sciatica is a general term that refers to pain in the leg. Numbness, weakness or tingling may occur with pain. The sciatic nerve runs down the back of the thigh and it has as components several nerves from the spine. Consequently, sciatica can be pressure on a nerve in the spine (common) or less, commonly, injury to or compression of the sciatic nerve.

Causes, incidence, and risk factors

Common causes of sciatica include:

  • Herniated lumbar disca with pressure on a spinal nerve
  • Degenerative disc disease which causes pressure on spinal nerves
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Pelvic injury or fracture
  • Rarely, tumors

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