Sciatica symptoms which often cause pain that is often described as sharp, electric, throbbing or painful numbness, occur when the large sciatic nerve is irritated or compressed at or near its point of origin. This can be due to a herniated disc, spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal), degenerative changes, spondylisthesis (small stress fracture or congenital bone insufficiency that allow one vertebral body to slip forward on another), Piriformis syndrome (muscle irritation of the sciatic nerve), Sacroiliac joint dysfunction, and other causes.
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Dr. Neil Berman
Based on the information you provided it is possible that you may be experiencing sciatic nerve pain, but a true "sciatica", is when the pain is constant and travels from the lower back/hip area all the way down the back of the leg to the foot. If the pain travels to the back of the leg, but stops around the knee or above, then that is called radiculopathy and most likely is caused by the Sacroiliac Joint (SI joint) misalignment and muscle tension.
Yes, indeed this maybe the case.
Sciatica or root irritation pain will follow the dermatomal distribution of the nerve root involved so the exact area involved helps the diagnosis.
An MRI lumbar spine and clinical evaluation will be needed prior to considering management options.
Mr Rafid Al-Mahfoudh
Consultant Neurosurgeon and Complex Spine Surgeon
Brighton and London
MBChB, FEBNS, FRCS (SN)
back. diagnosis can usually be made with a lumbar MRI.