Occasionally people get some sciatica-like symptoms – pain shooting down one of their legs but its not from the typical cause of sciatica. Sciatica most often occurs when an intervertebral disc in the lower back “slips”, or is herniated, and pushes against the sciatic nerve that runs down the leg.
Why do some people get these symptoms when they don’t have a herniated disc? A likely reason is a condition called Piriformis Syndrome. The piriformis is a muscle connecting the pelvis to the legs at the hips. It is one of the muscles of the buttocks.
The sciatic nerve is located just below the piriformis muscle in some people, and passes right through the muscle in others. When this muscle is hypertonic, or abnormally tensed up, it can squeeze against the sciatic nerve causing pain to shoot down the leg.
To treat piriformis syndrome, I recommend a combination of osteopathic treatment to work on the relaxing the hypertonic muscle through various manual techniques, MPS Therapy – using dc microcurrent targeting the nerve roots of the lower back that innervate the piriformis, as well as applying the current to the muscle belly itself, and doing some specific stretches designed for the piriformis muscle.
If you are struggling with sciatica-like symptoms but don’t have a herniated disc, then consider the possibility it is piriformis syndrome and book an appointment online with Vivify Holistic Clinic. We’ll be happy to help. Http://www.vivifyholistic.ca