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Sciatica and the Piriformis Muscle...

Posted Nov 22 2010 7:58pm

Technically, we refer to any back pain going down into the leg as sciatica. The reason is the sciatic nerve travels down the leg giving off different branches to various parts of the leg.

The source of pain is from the lower back because that is where the nerve roots come off the spinal cord. The lower nerve roots form together to create the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve then travels down the buttocks between two head of the piriformis muscle and down the leg.

When this piriformis muscle gets irritated, it pinches the nerve making pain worse. Ultimately, pressure on the nerve roots in the back will contribute to piriformis tightness as well. This happens because the piriformis is controlled by these nerves too. Spinal misalignments and/or disc problems can be the root cause of the nerve pressure however.

Chiropractic treatments and spinal decompression are the two best natural options for quick pain relief.


The Glastonbury Chiropractor is located in central Connecticut- CT Spine and Disc Center specializes in patients who suffer from sciatica, disc degeneration, bulging disc or herniated disc in the lumbar spine. Call our chiropractic office at 860-633-8756 to schedule an appointment and to see if you are a candidate for non surgical spinal decompression:


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