Nearly 40% of people in Paramus, NJ and elsewhere in the U.S. will experience sciatica pain at some point in their life. This pain is caused by the irritation of the sciatic nerve. The nerve comes from both sides of the lower spine and travels downward through the pelvis and buttocks, passing along the back of each upper leg and then divides into branches at the knee that continue to the feet.
Pain Associated With the Sciatica
Pain can be experienced by anything that irritates or puts pressure on the sciatica nerve with varying pain sensations. The pain may be similar to a mild ache, a sharp or burning sensation, or intense discomfort. At times, people affected also experience numbness, tingling, and weakness in the lower extremities and feet. Many daily activities as well as prolonged sitting and standing can worsen sciatica pain.