neuralgia along the course of the sciatic nerve ; the term is popularly used to describe a number of disorders directly or indirectly affecting the nerve. Because of its length, the sciatic nerve is exposed to many different kinds of injury, and inflammation of the nerve or injury to it causes pain that travels down from the back or thigh along its course through the lower limb into the foot and toes. Certain leg muscles may be partly or completely paralyzed by such a disorder.
an inflammation of the sciatic nerve, usually marked by pain and tenderness along the course of the nerve through the thigh and leg. It may
result in a wasting of the muscles of the lower leg over time. Also called sciatic neuritis .
Neurology Lumbosacral pain that radiates down the posterior thigh and lateral leg into the foot, caused by compression of the sciatic nerve and lumbosacral nerve roots Etiology Injury, prolapse of intervertebral disk, tumors, sciatic nerve irritation or inflammation Clinical Hyporeflexia, paresthesias, ↓ muscle strength. Cf Sciatic nerve dysfunction.
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Pain in lower back and hip radiating down back of thigh into leg, due to herniated lumbar discs compressing a nerve root, most commonly L5 or S1.
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Patient discussion about sciatica