This is a condition whereby you may experience lower back pain alongside pain travelling down one leg. This may move down the buttock, the back of the leg below the knee and possibly reach the toes.
It is due to the sciatic nerve being compressed which travels down from the spine and all the way down the leg.
This may settle down if the symptoms are mild but in more severe cases, it would be appropriate to see the doctor determine if further investigations such as an MRI is needed to check if the disc is pushing on the nerve.
Written by Dr Ray SH Ng
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