Research Updates

The lowdown on leg pain or sciatica

Tom Wells-Quinn

There is debate over how to classify sciatica, and how common it is.

Take Home Messages: It is more useful to refer to sciatica as nerve root pain or Radiculopathy – as these actually describe the leg pain. (The term sciatica will be used here as in the original article.) Populations who work in physical jobs such as labouring are more likely to report sciatica. Sciatica in the presence of low back pain predicts a worse outcome than back pain alone. People with sciatica consume more ...

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