Friday, October 2, 2009

Is it Sciatica or Piriformis Syndrome?

Sciatic Nerve and Piriformis

What's the difference?

Piriformis Syndrome is caused by an inflamed and overactive piriformis, weak or inhibited glutes, and overactive hip flexors. Basically, what happens is the inflamed piriformis puts pressure on the sciatic nerve causing pain, tingling, and numbness down the buttocks and leg.

This condition can be corrected by a combination of Non-steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs), Foam Rolling the Piriformis, static stretching the hip flexors, and strengthening the glutes and spinal stabilizers. (Feel free to shoot me an email for some examples)

Piriformis syndrome is usually the result of a person's everyday activities. Sitting on a wallet or sitting for long periods of time in general are usually the culprit.

Sciatica is often misunderstood. Sciatica is not a diagnosis. It is merely a set of symptoms usually resulting compression of the sciatic nerve root causing sever pain, tingling, numbness, and weakness. Piriformis Syndrome, Spinal Stenosis, and Spinal Disk Herniation being the most common causes.

The treatment of sciatica will depend on the diagnosis. It can range from physical therapy like listed above to surgery. It is important that if you are experiencing these symptoms, that you find out EXACTLY which condition you have!

Thanks for reading!

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