Sciatica is a type of nerve pain that my team and I repeatedly hear about from our auto accident clients. It is also known as lumbar radiculopathy, ischias, nerve root pain, and nerve root entrapment. It is It’s a neurologic condition that involves a nerve being pinched by something external to the nerve. Sciatica can be extremely painful.
Below, I outline this condition, what causes it, treatment options, and similar conditions.
This pain is usually described as shooting jolts of pain, and sometimes as a burning pain. Sitting or standing in one place for a long time or certain movements, such as twisting, may cause more severe pain.
What is sciatica?
Sciatica is pain that runs down the back of the leg. It is named after the sciatic nerve, a nerve that originates in the lower lumbar spine and then travels down the back of both legs.
Sciatica pain is felt all along this nerve, from the lower back, to the pelvis, hips, and buttock, and to the thighs.
What causes sciatica?
Car accidents commonly cause nerve damage because the sudden stop or change in direction causes injuries to the spine, usually a herniated disc.
Other causes of sciatica include spinal stenosis, piriformis syndrome, osteoarthritis, spondylosis, and spondylolisthesis. But, as our lawyers often see, these injuries can be exacerbated by a car accident.
Sciatica after a car accident may be a symptom of one of the conditions described below.