Sciatica and back pain will affect most people at some point in their life. In today’s Virtual Back Pain Clinic, I answer your most urgent questions about sciatica, back pain, and neck pain.
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My chiropractor has suggested that I get a “cortisone?” injection to relieve sciatica pain. I am reluctant to do this? What factors should I consider in making this decision? Are there likely to be side effects?
I have pins and needs down my left thigh sometimes..Is this sciatica?
I sit most of the day. What can i put in my chair to make it more comfortable?
I have stenosis of L5 and have had mri so do not need an operation, have a needle into the muscle has given me some relief, that is only a week ago, and am looking for a long term fix it. I am 66 years old and walk a lot and also go to gym . PAM
What is Piriformis Syndrome?
I was in a car accident one year ago, I have tremendous sciatica pain, at first it was lower back pain on the opposite side, I’ve tried everything with no help. I don’t know if I have a slipped disc or not, it did not show up on a CT scan. can you help me?
I daily in the morning after i wake up feel pain in my neck. I can not move my neck right or left completely as one does in normal condition. This pain during day remains but not to the extent as i feel it at the time i wake up.
I just had a diagnostic steroid shot in my sacroiliac joint. What else do you recommend to cure this nauseating pain?
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Piriformis syndrome is a condition that is often overlooked in patients suffering with sciatica and low back pain.
Low back pain with associated sciatica is often blamed on degenerative disc disease, a herniated or bulging disc, or spinal stenosis. While any of these conditions may result in the development of sciatica, there is a good chance that the sciatica symptoms are emanating form outside the spine.
In this video I describe the condition, piriformis syndrome, one of the most common entrapment sites of the sciatic nerve and offer suggestions on how to best manage the condition.
Sciatica and back pain is a problem most women will experience at some point in their pregnancy. From diffuse back pain, to sacroiliac joint dysfunction, to the lightening bolts of sciatica; the pain can be intense and debilitating, making the pregnancy experience a real “drag”.
Here’s a question about sciatica pain I recently received from the Ask The Back Pain Expert survey.
Hi Malton, I suddenly developed severe sciatic pain on Tuesday morning – normally, I am fit and healthy, run about 10km a couple of times a week, and go to the gym regularly – my exercise routine is at least 4 times a week. I watched a few of the free videos you sent me, along with some of those on your website, performed the exercises that were recommended for sciatic pain, and felt relief. I am doing these exercises for the last few days, and the pain is getting much, much better. My only question is, Continue reading →
The exercises for sciatica involve stretching a small muscle in the buttocks called the piriformis (which we’ve talked about before – see piriformis syndrome) and an exercise for the sciatic nerve itself. Continue reading →
Sciatica pain is caused by irritation and inflammation of the sciatic nerve. There are 4 reasons for the development of sciatica. Any, or a combination of these conditions can account for back and leg pain. And, when you know why sciatica happens, you can treat it more effectively. Continue reading →
Sciatica is a very common problem in people suffering with back pain. Sciatica (aka radiculopathy) is the pain along the course of the sciatic nerve and extending from the low back, into the buttocks, and down the leg.
Often times sciatica is blamed on a herniated disc, but this isn’t always the case. More often than not, sciatica is directly related to tightness in a small muscle called the piriformis, which runs from the tailbone to the hip.
The piriformis is the red structure in the pictures above. You can see a depiction of the sciatic nerve (the large yellow structure) running just below the piriformis in the picture on the right. Continue reading →