The type of pain that radiates from the lower back to your hips and legs is called sciatica. This pain results from the compression of the sciatic nerve. Some of the risk factors for sciatica are the presence of bone spurs or herniated disc, obesity, prolonged sitting, and diabetes.

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How to manage sciatica pain?

Query: Hi doctor, My brother has been suffering from sciatica for a long while now. He gets flare-ups where he cannot move very much without being in pain. He tried massages from specialists and some cushions, but they do not seem to work very well. He is 26 years old but is stubborn to get help as he fe...  Read Full »

Dr. Atul Prakash

Fitness Expert, Orthopaedician And Traumatologist, Physiotherapist, Spine Health Specialist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to At 26, especially if the pain has been persisting for a long while (5 years as you write) and affecting work and mobility indoors, it is a matter of concern. The only good thing that I gather from the notes is that you mention no weakness or numbness. Now coming ...  Read Full »

Why do I have sciatica pain while walking and standing, and no problem while sitting?

Query: Hi doctor, I have sciatica on the left side. I have pain when walking or standing for a long period of time. I have no pain when sitting. Bending over to stretch and inversion help take the pain away. I had a problem for multiple years. Physical therapy and weight loss have helped, but there is sti...  Read Full »

Dr. Vivek Chail

Family Physician, General Practitioner, Radiodiagnosis Physician, Radiologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thanks for writing to us. I hope you are not in much discomfort. Your MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) lumbar spine shows degenerative vertebral and disc changes in multiple levels, and there is acute edema in the endplates of L5 to S1 vertebral levels. Disc bulges are c...  Read Full »

I am suffering from back pain inspite of having treatment. Why?

Query: Hello doctor,I am suffering from back pain for the past three years sciatica. Treatment and medicine do not reduce my pain. MRI report l4, l5, and S1 bulge excise physiotherapy did not reduce my pain now I am taking only Vitamin and Calcium tablets only. Sitting increases my pain radiating in my le...  Read Full »

Dr. Karthic Babu Natarajan

Anesthesiologist, Pain Medicine Physician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I saw your query regarding our disc prolapse resulting in back pain radiating down the legs. I need to ascertain this after examining you and looking at your MRI films. Once confirmed, you will get relief from a selective nerve root injection, along with physical thera...  Read Full »

I have severe pain in the right buttock. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I am having pain in the right buttock and also pain below upper leg and below knee. I feel uncomfortable while sitting, standing as well as walking. First I met a general surgeon; he examined me and advised me to go to an orthopedician. Orthopedician took x-ray and blood test. He info...  Read Full »

Dr. Sumit Chawla

Orthopaedician And Traumatologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Celecoxib is just for pain relief. In order to understand your condition, I want you to answer a few questions for me. Is the pain radiating in nature? Or dull aching without any radiation? Do you have any record of examination findings? Is there any area of sensory l...  Read Full »

I have been suffering from intermittent low back pain. Is it sciatica?

Query: Hi doctor, I am having severe pain in the lower back, more on the right side. I am not able to bend front and my right leg is aching continuously. I am suffering from back pain for last 6 to 7 years and sometimes, it is severe. I had to take bed rest for a week, but I had never taken any medicine. ...  Read Full »

Dr. Sumit Chawla

Orthopaedician And Traumatologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Since you have pain restricted to your lower back with no radiation to lower limb the pain is not sciatica. In sciatica, the pain radiates from lower back to legs. You could have mechanical backache or disc prolapse without any impingement on the neurological structure...  Read Full »

What is the reason for sharp pains and tingling in the left thigh and calf muscle?

Query: Hello doctor, I had swelling and pain above my left knee and on the top of my foot this year. My mom died last year, because of that, I went to the neurologist in March and she asked me to do some exercises with my legs, and determined that I had no nerve damage and it was a muscle injury. I still...  Read Full »

Dr. Aida Quka


Answer: Hello, Welcome to I passed carefully through your question and would explain that the sharp pains and the tingling are suggestive of a pinched nerve. Considering the location in the thigh, it could be indicative of a peroneal nerve injury. But the pain in the thigh could be suggesti...  Read Full »

I feel tired while sitting straight with sciatica. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I never in my life able to sit straight, like I see people sitting straight for hours, and I get extremely tired in 5-10 minutes maximum while sitting straight. At random times, I just get a sharp pain in my lumbar area and I am unable to move for a few minutes. I randomly have proble...  Read Full »

Dr. Atul Prakash

Fitness Expert, Orthopaedician And Traumatologist, Physiotherapist, Spine Health Specialist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to What you describe suggests that you have a weak core and even though this is correctable, you will need to confirm this and rule out other causes like scoliosis, lumbopelvic syndrome, etc. Firstly, you will need to get an x-ray of the spine dorsal 10 to S2 such...  Read Full »

What are the causes of pain radiating from the hip to toe?

Query: Hello doctor, My mother is 43 years old and was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis 3 months back. Her lab reports are as follows: Serum uric acid : 4.3 mg/dl RF igM antibody : 132.1 Units/ml Her treatment was initiated with defcort 6mg for a week, methotrexate 15mg weekly for 3 months, HCQS 200 da...  Read Full »

Dr. Rishav Bansal

Internal Medicine Physician, General Medicine Physician

Answer: Hello, Pain radiating from hip to toe is due to sciatica not due to rheumatoid arthritis. You will nerve suppressing painkillers for that and physiotherapy for that. Regarding other joint pain, we need to confirm whether it is due to rheumatoid arthritis after detailed history. We may need to increa...  Read Full »

Will chiropratic exercise help in flare-up pain in sciatica?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 20 years old. Sciatica has been present and bothersome for two months. I have been in a low level of constant pain at the least with flair ups every other day radiating through my leg and spine. When it first presented there was a total weakness in my ankle and loss of sensitivit...  Read Full »

Dr. Sreenivasa Rao


Answer: Hello, Welcome to In my opinion, if you are sure that you have sciatica then a few exercises will help you to relieve the issue. I recommend you to do Do a lot of icing in the low back and butt area. Then lie on your stomach with palm placed either side of your shoulder. By push...  Read Full »

Why do I lower back pain and unable to put pressure on my legs to walk?

Query: Lower back pain unable to put pressure on legs to walk. 3 weeks ago I was lifting my dog into the car. I got a sharp pain in my lower back..went away in about two days. Today I was lifting my two year old into an inflatable tube, While setting her down I had the same pain but on the mid right side o...  Read Full »

Dr. Atul Prakash

Fitness Expert, Orthopaedician And Traumatologist, Physiotherapist, Spine Health Specialist

Answer: Hello, You need to be examined to determine if this is a back strain or a sciatica from a pinched nerve. Is there any numbness in the leg, does the leg feel weak apart from the pain you feel while trying to walk, can you control your bladder well ,does the pain worsen upon straining ? If the answer ...  Read Full »

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