Don’t Ignore That Leg Pain

Sciatica is caused by pressure or irritation to the sciatic nerve. This irritation usually comes from an issue with the spine. The spine is made up of several bones called vertebrae. In between each vertebra are discs that act as shock absorbers. Due to wear and tear or injury, these discs can bulge and press on nearby nerves. The sciatic nerves start at the lower spine and run down each side of the butt, legs, and feet. If a damaged disc rests on one of the sciatic nerves, a person can get mild to severe sciatic pain. Research estimates about 40% of people will get some form of sciatic pain.