Sciatica is pain that comes from the sciatic nerve, the longest nerve in your body. It starts at your lower back and runs all the way down both legs, ending in the feet and is commonly caused by a slipped disc in the spine, though this is not always the case. Sciatica can also be caused through injuries, lumbar spinal stenosis, or even a growth in the spine or infection.
Symptoms of Sciatica often include a centralized pain in the lower back area, which spreads out across the legs, which can cause weakness and burning sensations in the legs, and mild to intense shooting pains.
Short-term or ‘acute’ cases of Sciatica can be often eased by using heat/ice packs to soothe pain in the legs or over the counter medication to reduce inflammation. Massage therapy can also help with the pain, as an effective massage of the lower back area can increase blood circulation and relax muscles. Chiropractic techniques are also popular, as underlying problems of Sciatica can be caused by spinal damage, which can be helped by manual manipulation of the spine.