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Do you experience pain in the buttock, leg, or even your foot? If so, you may be experiencing sciatica. Sciatica is a common form of back and leg pain that is often misunderstood by sufferers. People frequently have questions about what sciatica is, why it occurs and how to find relief from the intense pain it can cause from the low back down to the feet. The experts at Physical Therapy Institute of Illinois know that the most common cause of sciatica is piriformis syndrome. If you are suffering from sciatica it is important to find its root cause. Many people often think an x-ray or expensive MRI is first needed to figure out what is causing pain. Having a lot of tests doesn’t mean you will find its root cause. Recent studies show that nearly 1 million of MRIs done for sciatica fail to find a treatable cause. With a new imaging technique called magnetic resonance neurography, 69% of the patients were found to have a trapped sciatic nerve deep in the buttock by a muscle called the piriformis. It is known that in about 25% of the general population, the sciatic nerve pierces through the piriformis muscle and can be susceptible to abnormal pressure and irritation. This can lead to piriformis syndrome. Sciatica caused by piriformis syndrome responds best to conservative, cost-effective measures, especially physical therapy. Our multidisciplinary teams of physical therapists and soft tissue specialists work closely together to find the root cause of your pain, and develop a customized, comprehensive treatment plan. The collaborative care at Physical Therapy Institute of Illinois should be tried first to relieve the nerve entrapment and painful symptoms. Stand Up to Sciatica!
Why Does Sciatica Occur?
The spine has to bear the weight of our trunk and at the bottom of the spinal column is the sciatic nerve. If there are changes in posture, muscle strength or pelvic alignment, the nerve can be compressed which leads to the quite common low back and sciatic nerve pains. The sciatic nerve is the longest and largest nerve in your body. It even reaches down to the foot and therefore, can be irritated anywhere along its path. With sciatica, the consequent ache can be felt anywhere from the base of the spine, the buttocks or the back of the thigh and legs. Even tingling sensations in the toes can be attributed at times to the impingement of the sciatic nerve.
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