Causes of Sciatica

A Spine Specialist Talks About What Causes Sciatic Pain

To help you understand the causes of sciatic pain, SpineUniverse brought in Dr. Alex Vaccaro, an orthopaedic surgeon and professor of spine surgery at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.  In this video, he goes over the typical causes of sciatica, such as a herniated disc.

The sciatic nerve is the longest and largest nerve in your body.  It starts in your low back (lumbar spine) and then travels down your legs.  If something pushes on the sciatic nerve, you’ll most likely experience sciatica.  Dr. Vaccaro explains why and gives a few examples of what can press on your nerve.

Updated on: 06/02/14
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