Sciatica

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Sciatica also known as lumbar radiculopathy is a pain that originates along the sciatic nerve, which extends from the back of the pelvis down the back of the thigh. The sciatic nerve is the primary nerve of the leg. It is also the largest nerve in the entire body.Typically, sciatica affects only one side of your body. Sciatica most commonly occurs when a herniated disk or a bone spur on the spine compresses part of the nerve. This causes inflammation, pain and often some numbness in the affected leg. Although the pain associated with sciatica can be severe, most cases resolve with just conservative treatments in a few weeks. People who continue to have severe sciatica after six weeks of treatment might be helped by surgery to relieve the pressure on the nerve.It may also be caused by the following reasons:Obesity, poor posture, tumor, abscess, blood clot, awkward sitting position, nerve disorders, piriformis syndrome or entrapment of the nerve by muscle and connective tissue

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