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Nerve pain down your leg? You may be suffering from ‘Piriformis Syndrome’

Do you experience tingling, numbness, burning or sharp pain travelling down the back of the leg? This may be related to a common condition known as ‘Piriformis Syndrome’.

Nerve pain may or may not originate form the spinal cord and nerve roots. In certain cases, however, the cause of the problem is isolated to a different area rather than the spine.

There is a muscle located deep to the large gluteal muscles and it is called the Piriformis muscle.

6eb1ff846176165ae7ee4819a0ceda9fThe largest nerve in the human body is the Sciatic nerve, which provides sensation and motor control to several muscles of the leg. Depending on your body, the sciatic nerve may pass above, through or below the piriformis muscle.

If the piriformis muscle tightens or has increased tone from overuse, injury, poor posture or trauma, it can compress the sciatic nerve and result in tingling, numbness, burning or sharp pain travelling down the back of the leg.

How do you know if you have piriformis syndrome or not? You need a thorough assessment by a healthcare provider, such as a chiropractor, who is trained to examine and treat these conditions. Don’t wait for the condition to worsen!