Sciatica Pain Due To Piriformis Syndrome
Piriformis syndrome is a medical condition, which results in sciatica pain in an individual. It occurs when the sciatica nerves are subjected to some type of pressure, because of any exertion on the part of an individual. A chiropractor provides suitable treatment for dealing with this painful condition.
How Piriformis Syndrome Causes Sciatica Pain?
Piriformis syndrome, also called as wallet sciatica, is a neuromuscular condition, caused by the shortening or spasmic condition of a muscle, which results in compression of the sciatica nerves. The muscles may suffer contractions due to a trauma or over exertion, which exerts pressure on the sciatica, causing great pain to an individual.
It is a rare type of medical condition, which is only found in around 8% of the total population of the world, which contributes to back or hip pain. In around 15% of the world population, the sciatica nerve runs through the piriformis muscle, rather than beneath it, which exerts pressure on the nerve when the muscle contracts due to exertion or trauma.
Symptoms of the Syndrome
As the muscles exert pressure on the sciatica nerves, the patient feels excruciating pain in the back and hips. A patient of Piriformis syndrome also experiences tingling pain and a numbing sensation in the thighs. The painful condition can be aggravated by engaging in any strenuous activity and sometimes even through simple walking and sitting.
The Piriformis syndrome is also called “wallet sciatica”, because it is usually caused by the pressure of the wallet, kept in the hip pocket, which exerts pressure on the muscles when an individual sits down.
The diagnosis of the Piriformis syndrome is a little tricky, as it might be easily confused with the other medical causes of sciatica pain. The more or less similar symptom, and the rarity of the condition, makes it a little difficult for doctors to identify the syndrome in an individual. Therefore they adopt the process of elimination, by studying the symptoms and lab test reports, to identify the cause of the back pain.
MRI, ultrasound, CT and EMCG are the different tests conducted by the doctors to identify the cause of the sciatic pain in a patient.
Forms of Treatment
Patients suffering from Piriformis syndrome are prescribed anti inflammatory and non steroidal medications along with muscle relaxants to ease the pain. But the most effective treatments are exercises, physiotherapy and massages. Chiropractors provide efficient treatment services to patients suffering from this medical condition.