Most common cause of Sciatica
The morning commute to work finds the driver with the right foot firmly on the accelerator, outwardly rotated, and the left foot jammed on the raised foot rest just to the side of the brake pedal. Getting home at night after spending the day trapped in front of a computer screen, a sudden burning sensation begins in the buttocks and gradually migrates down the leg finally stopping at the bottom of the foot. “Sciatica” has struck again! Back to the doctor for opiate pain killers and anti-inflammatory drugs, only to mask the root cause of the pain. Back to bed rest and ice. Back to a bad back.
According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, more than half of all sufferers from Sciatica do not have a herniated disk, spinal stenosis, or other medical issues that would require surgical intervention. The most common cause for sciatic nerve pain is irritation of the sciatic nerve at some point along its path. One type of irritation that can occur is compression of the Sciatic nerve by the Piriformis muscle. (Ratini, 2013) This is commonly referred to as Piriformis Syndrome. Piriformis Syndrome has received a minimal amount of recognition. (Papadopoulos, 2004)
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