Sciatic pain, medically referred to as sciatica, is a pain that affects the sciatic nerve, a nerve that extends from the lower back all the way to the legs. This pain tends to occur only on one side of the body. It occurs when the sciatic nerve is compacted by a bone spur or a herniated disc, as stated by Mayo Clinic.
Common symptoms of sciatic pain include shooting pain that makes it difficult to stand up, rear pain, tingling, numbness, weakness and burning in the leg. A patient usually feel the pain at the lower back all the down to both legs. In some cases, the pain may also be felt on the toes and foot.
Sciatic pain occurs due to the inflammation of the lumboscral spine and the lower lumbar root. Other causes may include pregnancy, lumbar spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis and degenerative disc disease. There are other factors that can contribute to worsening of the sciatic pain and include using a soft mattress to sleep, lack of exercise and overweight, as noted by WebMD.
Medically referred to as sciatica, sciatic pain can be severe in some people and intermittent in others, but it can worsen. Immediate medical attention is necessary if a person experiences loss of bladder control and numbness in the thighs.