Are you experiencing shooting pain in leg ? Does this pain make you uncomfortable? Shooting pain in leg can be caused by various reasons like by herniated disc, Stenosis, osteoarthritis ,Spondylolisthesis, trauma, nerve damage, Osteochondritis dissecans, AVN of femoral head, stress fracture of tibia, Radiculopathy, cauda equina syndrome, peroneal nerve tumours etc.Keep reading this article you will find everything related to it in this article.

Shooting pain in leg also known as sciatica starts in the lower back, radiates back into the buttock and down to the back of one leg. The pain is usually caused by pressure on the sciatic nerve due to  herniated disc, bone spurs or a muscle strain. Person himself plays an important role in the prevention, treatment, and recovery of this leg pain. It mostly improves with rest, physical therapy, and many other self-care measures. Chronic pain can be helped with surgery sometimes.


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What are types of shooting pain in leg?

Sciatic nerve is derived from spinal nerves L4 to S3. Each sciatic nerve travels through the pelvis and down the back of each leg. Each divides into a peroneal and tibial nerve to give feeling and muscle control of  legs and feet. Leg pain can range from mild to severe Or it can be acute or chronic:


What are symptoms of shooting pain in leg?

Usually classic sciatic pain starts in the lower back and buttocks then radiates. It affects only one leg traveling down then to the back of the thigh, past the knee, and sometimes to the calf and foot. The pain feels most worse in the leg than in  back. It can range from a mild ache to a severe burning or a shooting pain. Numbness or tingling that us pins-and-needles like feeling can occur in  leg and foot. This usually is not a concern unless one has weakness of leg muscles or foot drop.

Sitting mostly causes the highest pain because of the weight this position puts onto the discs. Few activities, such as bending or twisting may worsen the pain, whereas lying down tends to bring a lot of relief. For some running or walking may actually feel better than sitting or standing for long time.

Immediate medical help should be opted if one has  extreme leg weakness, numbness in the genital area,  loss of bladder or bowel function, Because these are signs of a serious condition called cauda equina syndrome.


What are the causes of shooting pain in leg?

Shooting pain in leg can be caused by a various  number of reasons that irritate or compress the sciatic nerve:













Leg pain can also be caused by some joint problem in the hip or in sacroiliac joint. This type of referred pain is quite common these days but its  not sciatica.


How to diagnose shooting pain in leg?


What are the treatments available for shooting pain in leg?

Healing mostly begins with self-care plus nonsurgical strategies. The goal is to correct the problem, restore function of that specific nerve and to prevent re injury.

Exercise, strengthening, stretching and even ideal weight loss are key elements for the treatment. Making  these a part of life-long daily routine helps a lot.

Self care: Sciatica mostly  resolves with some rest, ice packs or heat, massage, pain relievers, and with gentle stretches. Try reducing muscle inflammation and pain using an ice pack for 20 minutes few times a day during the first 48 to 72 hours. Thereafter, a warm shower or a heating pad on low setting can be added to relax the muscles. A short period of bed rest is helpful but more than that a couple of days does more harm than good. If the self-care treatments aren’t working within the first few  days, doctor should be consulted.

Few over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as aspirin, ibuprofen or naproxen, can bring instant relief. Muscle relaxant can be prescribed for spasms. If pain is severe and unbearable an analgesic may be prescribed that can be taken with the NSAID or a muscle relaxant.

Steroids  reduce the swelling and inflammation of the nerves leading to decrease in pain. They are taken orally  given over a five-day period or by injection directly into the painful area like epidural or facet injections. Steroids can provide immediate pain relief just within 24 hours.

Mostly for leg pain, nearly normal schedule from the onset is recommended. Physical therapy can help in returning the full activity as soon as possible and also prevent re-injury. Physical therapists show proper lifting and walking techniques, and exercises to strengthen and stretch the lower back, leg, and stomach muscles. Massage, ultrasound, diathermy, heat, and traction can be also  recommended for short periods by therapist. Patients may also benefit from yoga meditation and chiropractic manipulation .

Surgery is rarely required unless patient  has muscle weakness, a proven disc herniation, cauda equina syndrome, or severe pain that has not resolved after a reasonable course of nonsurgical treatment or by medication. Surgery for a herniated disc is called a discectomy, in which  the portion of the disc is removed which is compressing the spinal nerve. People who suffer with stenosis may benefit from a decompression of the nerves.


What can one do for prevention of shooting pain in leg?