Nerve root problems are caused by the sciatic nerve becoming irritated by a lumbar spinal disc (Prolapsed Disc) or by inflammation around the nerve roots or along the course of the sciatic nerve. Usually there is some low back pain but more pain in the thigh and sometimes into the leg and to the foot. The levels of pain can be mild to severe, varying on activity and position.
The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body, made up from a number of smaller nerves exiting the spine and then travelling through the pelvis, deep within the buttock and down the thigh, leg and into the foot.
The pressure on the nerve may cause varied symptoms including pain, tingling, numbness or weakness in part of the buttock, thigh, leg or foot. The symptoms vary dependent on which nerve and where the nerve is affected.
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