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STANDING UP TO SCIATICA Do you experience pain in the buttock, thigh or even your leg? You may be experiencing sciatica. Sciatica is a common form of back and leg pain that is often misunderstood by sufferers.
If you are suffering from sciatica it is important to find the root cause of the low back pain and leg pain. This will quickly and correctly relieve the pain.
Having a lot of tests doesn’t mean you will find the 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, which is the most common cause of sciatica.
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