Sciatica and Leg Pain
Sciatica essentially refers to any pain which can be felt in the leg (radiating from top to bottom). The large nerve running down at the back of the leg is called the sciatic nerve and is composed of numerous spinal nerves. Typically, spinal surgeons may refer to this kind of pain as radicular pain or radiculopathy instead of sciatica. This is because it is generally a spinal nerve which causes the pain instead of the sciatic nerve.