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.
Piriformis Syndrome typically cannot be diagnosed using these imaging techniques. There are no definitive tests for this condition. It is diagnosed by reported symptoms. The diagnosis and treatment of Piriformis Syndrome is generally simpler than that of Sciatica.
Determining the best course of treatment for either Sciatica or Piriformis Syndrome depends upon accurate diagnosis for the nature of compression on your sciatic nerve. Sciatica treatment varies depending on how the disc is damaged or herniated.
At Sovereign Rehabilitation, we offer exceptional individualized Sciatica treatment. We are a comprehensive provider of physical and rehabilitation therapy services. We have a team of highly trained and certified physical, manual and occupational therapists that specialize in helping you achieve long-term pain relief, improved function and a better overall quality of life from your Sciatica. If you suffer from Sciatic nerve pain, call us today and experience the Sovereign Rehabilitation difference.
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