False Sciatica

False Sciatica defined and explained.

False Sciatia Defined:

"It is called true sciatica when a herniated lumbar disc compresses one of the contributing roots of the sciatic nerve. It is called false sciatica when contracted musculature in the buttocks or lower extremity compresses the sciatic nerve. The symptoms are the same for true or false sciatica."

"She was diagnosed with Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction.

This painful condition is similar to sciatica in its usual symptoms.  There is often pain in the legs and buttocks,as well as general lower back pain.  The difference is that the pain originates from the dysfunctional joint,which can then refer pain down the leg.  This is sometimes called false sciatica.  The joint is not actually irritating the sciatic nerve which does occur in true sciatica."

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