Piriformis Syndrome happens when the Piriformis Muscle squeezes the sciatic nerve and causes pain the same as actual sciatica. The normal solution is to stretch the muscle, relieving the stress on the nerve.
Symptoms of Piriformis Syndrome
Foot points out: Lying on back, the leg with Piriformis Syndrome points out because the muscle is contracted.
Pain starts at butt: The pain of Piriformis Syndrome starts at butt, and goes down the leg, while true sciatica starts at the back.
Causes of Piriformis Syndrome?
Driving the car: "If the leg has been externally rotated for an extended period of time (such as when driving) the Piriformis muscle can shorten. When you try to straighten out the involved leg the muscle compresses the sciatic nerve. If compressed long enough the nerve will cause aching in the leg and even pain in the low back."Spinalhealth.net
Tight Piriformis Muscle: "Piriformis syndrome is caused by a short, tight Piriformis muscle."Drnickcampos.com
"Inactive gluteal muscles also facilitate development of the syndrome."Uk.ask.com/wiki/
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My belief is, Piriformis, or Sciatica is unique to each person. Each body is unique, and the reason we have these problems is an imbalance. By altering our behavior, we can get it to stop, as long as we continue for life. I personally have found, it stops when I sleep on my stomach. People say, I cannot sleep on my stomach, and I say, the pain taught me how.
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