Animated sciatica videos clearly illustrate how sciatica pain is caused through pressure on the sciatic nerve through a number of common low back conditions. Related videos show how pressure is taken off the sciatic nerve through sciatica treatments such as pain medications, lumbar epidural steroid injections, physical therapy and sciatica surgery.

When a nerve root is irritated as it exits the lower spine, it produces pain, tingling, numbness, and/or weakness going into the leg and is known as a lumbar radiculopathy.

Piriformis syndrome is an irritation of the sciatic nerve caused by the contraction of the piriformis muscle.

Learn about the possible causes of sciatica and the various treatment options such as medications, exercise, surgery, and steroid injections.

Sciatica treatments will vary depending on whether the pain is in its early stages or if it is chronic.