Sciatica and piriformis syndrome


Sciatica refers to pain that travels along the path of the sciatic nerve. This nerve originates between the L4/L5 nerve root and ties into the nerves exiting from the sacral region. Causes of sciatica can be from compression of the nerve due to a herniated disc or an overgrowth of bone in the lumbar spine. Some common symptoms can include pain, numbness, and tingling that travel into the buttocks, the thigh and/or the hamstring. Also, the pain is often described as a “shooting” pain down the leg. Another common cause of sciatica symptoms is something referred to as “piriformis syndrome” which is a condition where the piriformis muscle compresses the sciatic nerve, causing pain or symptoms similar to actual sciatica. In approximately 15 to 20 percent of the population, the sciatic nerve actually passes through the piriformis muscle. Obviously, these individuals are more prone to these symptoms. It can be triggered by inflammation, muscle spasms or scar tissue in the muscle itself. At Laser Center of Louisville, we have a specific setting on our Class IV laser to target this nerve to decrease pain, inflammation, and scar tissue while increasing blood flow to the area. Call us today for a complimentary visit and evaluation!

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