The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve of the body. They run from the spine down each leg and the roots are located in the lower spinal column where most trouble occurs. Sciatica is a painful inflammation of the sciatic nerve that supplies the tissues of the thigh, lower leg and foot. It is caused by a pinching of one or more spinal nerve roots between the vertebrae and lower back. The pain is tearing and sharp and shoots down the nerve to the hip, thigh and back portion of the leg. At times the pain can extend to your ankle or foot. Although pain is fairly constant, it can sometimes let up and be sporatic.
Here are a few early indications of sciatic nerve pain:
* Do you experience sharp tearing pain in the hips, thighs or lower legs?
* Do you suffer from prolonged constipation?
* Long periods of intermitten, mild low back pain?
* Is standing or walking for a long period of time painful?
* When coughing or sneezing, does a sharp pain tear through your body?
* Do your legs ache painfully at the end of the day?