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Sciatica

Sciatica is a medical term used to describe the pain, numbness, tingling sensation or weakness felt in the lower extremities that emanate from the lumbar area (lower back) as a result of the irritation of the sciatic nerve. This discomfort felt from sciatica is often referred to as sciatic nerve pain. The sciatic nerve – the largest nerve in the human body, originates from nerve roots in the lumber area of the spinal cord, passes down through the gluteal muscles of the buttocks to supply the lower limbs with nerve endings. This is why sciatic nerve pains are typically felt behind the thigh and radiates down below the knees.

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