Sciatica: Not a Diagnosis

Contrary to what is believed by many, sciatica is not a diagnosis to be doled out by doctors or specialists. People who are considered to have sciatica are actually just sufferers of a combination of symptoms that include:

  • Back pain
  • Leg pain
  • Pain in one buttock or the other
  • Numbness and tingling in the above regions
  • Lumbar weakness
  • Immobility in the lower back
  • Trouble transitioning between sitting and standing
  • Burning sensation in back, leg, or buttocks

What’s more, sciatica is often a listed symptom of a larger and more complex causality. The following diagnoses are among several which list sciatica as a symptom:

  • Degenerative Disc Disease/Discogenic Pain (herniated/bulging disc)
  • Facet Syndrome
  • Isthmic Spondylolisthesis (forming in youth)
  • Degenerative Spondylolisthesis (adult form)
  • Spinal Stenosis

It is important for sciatica sufferers to know their diagnoses and understand which paths of treatment are appropriate. Sciatica patients are also capable of being free of diagnosis, having only the sciatic symptoms as their ailment. Many suggested treatments of sciatica are not congruent with the treatment recommendations for the above conditions. Your doctor or spine specialist can tell you which course(s) of treatment are right for your specific diagnosis and set of symptoms.