Spinal stenosis: A narrowing of the spinal canal in the lower back, which puts pressure on the nerve roots.
Trauma or injury: A fall, car accident, or other traumatic event can damage the sciatic nerve and lead to pain.
Piriformis syndrome: This is a condition in which the piriformis muscle in the buttocks compresses the sciatic nerve, leading to pain.
Tumors or infections: Rarely, tumors or infections can compress the sciatic nerve and cause pain.
Spondylolisthesis: This is a condition in which a vertebra in the spine slips out of place and puts pressure on the sciatic nerve.
Degenerative disc disease: This occurs when the discs between the vertebrae in the spine degenerate, causing the vertebrae to rub against each other and irritate the nerve.
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