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What Is Sciatica? - Dr. Ramin Raiszadeh (VIDEO)

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Dr. Raiszadeh describes sciatica.

Dr. Raiszadeh:
Sciatica is, by definition, the sciatic nerve is the nerve that comes out of your spine, and it goes down to your legs. So the sciatic nerve is usually a combination of L3, L4, L5 and S1 nerves, and all those nerves originate from your back.

So when a person says, “I have a lot of sciatic symptoms,” that means that nerve, one of the nerves, usually it’s one nerve, so L5 nerve, S1 nerve, is being pinched in your back that is going down your leg. So that nerve that originates from the back, that it’s most likely the disc is popped out, pressing on that nerve, on that sciatic nerve, and that’s what’s causing the nerve, that’s what’s causing the pain down the leg. So sciatica refers to pain that runs down your leg.

About Dr. Raiszadeh, M.D.:
Board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Dr. Ramin Raiszadeh is an orthopaedic surgeon specializing in the complex field of adult spinal surgery. He earned his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, where he received the Paul Harrington Award for Research. He also completed a specialized internship and residency program at Baylor before achieving the highest level of medical education and fellowship training at the University of Texas Medical School. During this fellowship, under the directorship of multiple neurosurgeons and orthopedic spine surgeons, he became skilled in treating all forms of pediatric and adult spinal conditions.



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