We have a number of clients who come to us giving a diagnosis of Sciatica. However the pain that you are getting is a symptom. We have to establish what is causing the Sciatic pain. In 90% of cases it is due to disc herniation/bulging and pressing on the lumbar or sacral roots. This may cause pain/numbness to travel down the posterior (back), Anterior (front), or lateral (outside) of the leg.
What Causes Sciatica?
Sciatica can be caused by:
- Disc Herniation/Bulge (L4 – S1)
- Spinal Stenosis
- Cauda Equina
- Pregnancy: Babies head compressing on the nerve root
- Pelvic Tumour
- Piriformis Syndrome (Known as pseudo-sciatica)
What Causes Pseudo-Sciatica?
Pseudo-Sciatica otherwise known as Priformis syndrome is compression of the sciatic nerve by the piriformis muscle (a flat muscle of the buttocks located near the hip), causing pain in the buttocks and occasionally sciatica.
The piriformis muscle extends from the pelvic surface of the large triangular bone at the base of the spine (sacrum, or tailbone) to the bony bump (trochanter) at the upper end of the thighbone (femur). During running or sitting, this muscle can compress the sciatic nerve at the site where it emerges from under the piriformis to pass over the hip rotator muscles. Piriformis syndrome is uncommon.
What treatment may help me?
Our sports massage, treatment may help you.