The difference – back and sciatica pain

The difference – back and sciatica pain

Back pain is something you must’ve felt or know someone who has it. Making it one of the most common types of problems being faced by people in Pakistan. Today, sciatic pain also stands as one of the most common pains.

According to a survey by the U.S National Institutes of Health in 2017, the prevalence of back pain was 40.1 % in Pakistan’s population. Out of these, 46.3 % of the people were age grouped between 50 – 59.

Back pain is a generalized term and it has many types under it. One of the most frequently reported issue is lower back pain. The National Institute of Neurological Disorders says, ‘approximately 80 percent of adults experience low back pain at some point in their lifetimes.’ 

There are multiple causes of lower back pain, but Sciatica is among the top few. This is also the type people are mostly unaware as they refer to it as lower back pain and are not able to treat it properly.

Sciatica Pain

Sciatica pain refers to the pain that runs along with the sciatica nerve, which runs through from your lower back and all the way down to each leg through the hip and buttocks.

Generally, sciatic pain is generally sudden and can develop due to activities like lifting heavyweights.

It also maybe through a regular disturbance of the nerve, degenerative arthritis, or if you’re working with heavy items during pregnancy.  Sciatica doesn’t only affect your lower back. It continues all the way down, hurting your feet and even the toes, in some cases. 

It can be felt whenever you contract a muscle in your lower back. This is because the sciatica nerve is compressed by the muscles and extreme pain can be felt.


It is important to diagnose the root cause of the sciatica pain in the early stages. This is to ensure that you can treat it effectively and prevent any long-term damage. Sciatica pain can often cause your legs to be weak over a period of time.

To identify if you’re having a back pain or a sciatica pain, you must walk around a room on your heels. If you’re unable to do it, it means you have weak lower legs due to sciatica compression.

When to See a Doctor

Seeking treatment from a lower back doctor in time is crucial. Not visiting a doctor timely can cause numbness in your legs and pains for a longer period of time. This can further result in nerve damage and might not be treatable afterward.  

Initial symptoms of sciatica pain should be enough for you to visit any of the back pain specialists.

Dr. Agha Ebrahim is an excelling and renowned spine specialist in Karachi and also offers sciatica pain treatment. He is a popular Chiropractor in Karachi, and also offers his expertise in other major cities like Lahore and Islamabad.

Schedule your consultation session right now! If you’re finding it difficult to find an effective treatment, then book a quick appointment today and consult Dr. Agha Ebrahim’s clinic so you can get rid of the daily hindrance in your life caused by lower back and sciatica pain. Book an appointment here