It seems that so many folks when they first run into spinal problems indicate that they have Sciatica.
This has become sort of a buzz word, just as slipped disc was many years ago. Sometimes people automatically identify their problem as sciatica because they have pain going down their legs. This may or may not be the case. Normally, a doctor needs to diagnose this via tests (normally MRI)
Sciatica is a term used to describe the symptoms of leg pain, tingling, numbness, or weakness that travel down the low back via the sciatic nerve in the back of the leg. Sciatica (sometimes known as radiculopathy) is a description of symptoms, not a diagnosis. A herniated disc, spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, and spondylolisthesis can all cause sciatica.
To learn more about this condition, please read All about Sciatica
This root article has many other hyperlinks that go into various details regarding sciatica
Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences