Sciatica refers to pain that radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve, which is the longest nerve in the body. The sciatic nerve runs from the lower back, through the hips and buttocks, and down each leg. It typically affects only one side of the body and can cause a range of symptoms, including pain, numbness, tingling, or weakness in the affected leg or foot. It is not a medical condition, but rather a symptom of an underlying problem, such as a herniated disc, spinal stenosis, or degenerative disc disease.
Causes of Sciatica:
Sciatica can be caused by a variety of personal injuries, including:
- Herniated or bulging discs: The discs in the spine can bulge or herniate due to trauma or injury, putting pressure on the sciatic nerve.
- Spinal stenosis: This is a condition where the spinal canal narrows and puts pressure on the spinal cord and nerves, including the sciatic nerve.
- Spondylolisthesis: This is a condition where a vertebra in the spine slips out of place and compresses the sciatic nerve.
- Car accidents: The impact of a car accident can cause injury to the spine or other parts of the body that may lead to sciatica.
- Slip and falls: A slip and fall can result in injury to the lower back or spine, leading to sciatica.
- Workplace injuries: Jobs that require heavy lifting, prolonged sitting, or repetitive motion can put stress on the lower back and cause sciatica.
- Medical malpractice: Errors during surgery or other medical procedures can cause nerve damage that leads to sciatica.
Not all personal injuries result in sciatica, and it can also occur without a specific injury or trauma. If you are experiencing sciatic pain after a personal injury, it’s important to seek medical attention and speak with a personal injury attorney to determine if you may be eligible for compensation.