When a nerve root is irritated as it exits the lower spine, it produces pain, tingling, numbness, and/or weakness going into the leg and is known as a lumbar radiculopathy.
Piriformis syndrome is an irritation of the sciatic nerve caused by the contraction of the piriformis muscle.
Watch an animated video detailing the anatomy of the sciatic nerve.
Sciatica is leg pain caused by a problem in the low back. Watch an animated video that details the causes and symptoms of sciatica.
Learn about the possible causes of sciatica and the various treatment options such as medications, exercise, surgery, and steroid injections.
Sciatica treatments will vary depending on whether the pain is in its early stages or if it is chronic.
Find out what causes pain along your sciatic nerve.