If you suffer from lower back pain that shoots down in your leg you may be diagnosed with Sciatica. Piriformis Syndrome is another common condition with very similar characteristics. Some shared common symptoms include: sitting discomfort, leg pain radiating down your leg, low back pain, burning through your buttocks down the back of your leg, and lower back and buttock tightness.
Both Sciatica and Piriformis Syndrome are caused by sciatic nerve compression. The two conditions differentiate when the cause of the compression is diagnosed. Sciatica is typically diagnosed using imaging tests such as MRI, CT scan or spinal x-ray. The typical causes of Sciatica found on these images include: disc herniation, lower lumbar spinal degeneration or other identifiable physical issues. (more…)
Leg pain can be caused by a variety of factors and can become debilitating when not treated effectively and in an appropriate amount of time. When the RICE method of rest, ice, compression, and elevation are not proving effective at home it is important to seek professional treatment. Chronic leg pain can be a sign of significant injury to a muscle, tendon, or bone or can occur as a result of different medical conditions. Depending on the cause of the pain, weakness, numbness, and tingling sensations can also accompany the leg pain, causing a debilitating issue. At Sovereign Rehabilitation, our certified manual and physical therapists specialize in helping patients with leg pain find long term relief.
Sciatica describes the symptoms of leg pain, numbness, or weakness that are caused by an underlying medical condition. The pain and uncomfortable sensations originate in the lower back and travels through the buttock and down the large sciatic nerve in the back of the leg. Rarely does sciatica occur in both legs, but it is typical to have pain in only one side of the buttock or leg. Sciatic pain can be infrequent and irritating to constant and debilitating; it can also be triggered through weight gain, such as during pregnancy. While symptoms can be painful and can last for varying lengths of time, rarely does permanent sciatic nerve damage result. For those with sciatica, Sovereign Rehabilitation offers sciatica treatment to help patients achieve long-term pain relief and increased quality of life.