Sciatica is the pain that runs along the sciatic nerve which runs down from the lower back, through the buttocks and hips and down the back of each leg.
This type of pain usually goes away on its own or with some mild stretching exercises and without the need for medical attention. When the pain becomes a persistent nuisance then medical attention is needed.
Usually sciatica develops when a bone spur or herniated disc in the spine compresses part of the sciatic nerve. Sciatica only affects one side of the body at any given time.
Symptoms of sciatica are pain that radiates from thelower back to the buttock and down the back of a leg. The pain can be a mild, sharp, jolting, burning sensation, numbness, tingling or intense pain. Prolonged sitting can also aggravate symptoms.