Sciatica - Introduction
The sciatic nerve, the largest nerve in the human body, runs from the lower back, under the buttock and downward through the hip area into each leg. Sciatica means that the sciatic nerve is compressed or irritated, causing mild to intense pain and tingling in the left or right leg. The pain may be made worse by sneezing, coughing, or sitting for a long period of time. Sciatica is a symptom of a spinal disorder and not a spinal disorder itself.
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