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Are you experiencing pain radiating from your lower back to your legs? You might be dealing with sciatica. Our guide is here to provide detailed insights into its causes, symptoms, and treatments.


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What Is Sciatica?

Sciatica involves pain that follows the path of the sciatic nerve. This nerve extends from the lower back, splits through the hips and buttocks, and travels down each leg.

People with sciatica experience different types of pain, from mild aches to severe, sharp pains. The condition can affect daily activities, making timely treatment essential.

Types of Sciatica

Sciatica can manifest in various forms, depending on the duration and intensity of the symptoms, as well as the specific areas affected. Here are the prominent types:

Acute Sciatica

This type is marked by a recent onset of pain lasting for 4 to 8 weeks or fewer. It’s typically manageable with at-home treatments.

Chronic Sciatica

When pain persists for more than 8 weeks, it falls under chronic sciatica. It often requires a consultation with a healthcare professional for effective treatment.

Alternating Sciatica

A rarer form, it affects both legs alternately and might stem from degenerative changes in the sacroiliac joints.

Bilateral Sciatica

This extremely rare type involves simultaneous pain in both legs, typically attributed to degenerative changes in the vertebrae or disc.

Wallet Sciatica

A non-medical term referring to sciatica symptoms triggered by sitting on a wallet, which puts pressure on the sciatic nerve. Relieving this type can be as simple as moving the wallet to a front or jacket pocket.


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