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Sciatica and Piriformis Muscle Syndrome

Back pain has the potential of hampering your daily work schedule. Most likely it will restrict your mobility and may not let you go about your daily household chores. A proper diagnosis is a must for any effective back care treatment because if it turns out to be case of sciatic pain it will require a specific direction in the treatment that you are administered.

The sciatic nerve is located in front of the piriformis muscle in the buttocks region, including the lowest two nerves that exit from the lower spine (L4 and L5) and the first three sacral nerves (S1, S2 and S3). Both the nerves branch out on each side of the spine. The root of each nerve exits the spine between two vertebra in the lower back, travels down the back of each leg, and branches out to the leg and into each foot. Sciatic pain that radiates along this nerve can be harrowing and in many patients, impairs strength and vitality.

Sciatic pain is caused due to various conditions that adversely affect the sciatic nerve, the longest nerve in the body. It can be affected by a number of physical contortions that take place in the vertebras and in singular cases of a tumor and infection. One of the conditions, sometimes called pseudo-sciatica that is often confused with sciatica is the piriformis syndrome. This produces symptoms similar to sciatica. But the pilformis muscle related pain is actually caused by compression of the peripheral sections of the nerve, usually from the tension in the soft tissue in the piriformis or related muscles. Sciatic nerve treatment falls in an entirely different segment than other conditions that arouse pain. The type of treatment that will be prescribed depends on which condition has caused the sciatic nerve to be compressed.

Piriformis syndrome is indicated in a situation where piriformis muscle shortens or spasms due to a trauma and strangles the sciatic nerve under it. The pain arising from this is similar to sciatica - a tingling and numbness than often runs from the low back to the rear, down the leg and to the foot. A correct identification of the cause of the pain is important to enable the most effective sciatic nerve treatment and to avoid complicating the condition by a misdirected treatment.

The approach of all sciatic nerve treatments is to reduce compression that has arisen. In cases where sciatica is piriformis related, muscle stretching exercises, massage, and mobilization techniques form an integral part of sciatica alternative remedies. The general aim of such therapies is to lessen pain and minimize infection by loosening the tense muscles. In many cases a wedgie proves to be quite helpful in achieving the goal of easing pain arising from this strangulation of the sciatic nerve by the piriformis muscle.

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