The largest nerve in the human body is often considered to be responsible for one of the most common causes of leg pain. Sciatic pain is a general term used to refer to any pain down the leg. The sciatic nerve is composed of several nerves that come from the lumbar spine and connects the spinal cord with the leg and foot muscles. It runs down both sides of the lumbar spine, through the buttock and back of the thigh, and down to the foot.
Leg pain can be traced to problems anywhere from the spine to any of the many groups of muscles and joints between it and the feet. Usually they occur simultaneously as a kinetic chain because in movement they work together. Occaisionally the sciatic nerve may be directly compressed by muscles in the buttocks. A disc herniation is not often the main culprit. Complications may include spondylolisthesis, spinal stenosis, and arthritis.
While the pain typically travels down, or radiates, it is often felt in the lower buttocks, the back of the leg, and even the bottom of the foot. Symptoms may include one or all of the following: numbness, tingling, and/or a burning or prickling sensation.
It is very important that you seek proper chiropractic care if you experience these kinds of symptoms to avoid other complications.