The sciatic nerve is comprised of five sets of paired nerve roots in the lumbar spine. The sciatic nerve runs from the lower back, through the gluteal and hips muscles, down each leg and into the foot. The sciatic nerve is the largest single nerve in the body.
Piriformis Syndrome (False Sciatica) is often confused with True Sciatica. When the sciatic nerve is irritated by the piriformis muscle, it can cause pain that is very similar to True Sciatica.
Since symptoms of True Sciatica are almost identical to Piriformis Syndrome, there are two chair tests that help distinguish between the two:
1. While sitting on a chair, straighten your leg parallel to the floor on the side you are experiencing pain. If the pain increases, it is the symptom of true sciatica.
2. Sit straight on a chair and pull your knee to the same shoulder and then to another one. If the pain gets worse, you have Piriformis Syndrome.
Because many conditions can compress the sciatic nerve and cause sciatic pain, it's important to see your doctor, as the treatments are different depending on where and why the nerve is being compressed.
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What You Can Do To Relieve The Pain
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