Sciatica can be brought on by compression of the nerve by surrounding tissues. When that compression is found in the hip area, a group of muscles, that originate at the tailbone and attach to the hip, are often the culprit. This is often referred to as Piriformis Syndrome. The piriformis is the largest of those muscles. Along with pain, symptoms such as numbness and tingling and weakness can also be present.
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Irritation to the sciatic nerve can happen due to a traumatic injury or as the result of repetitive use. Before treatment can take place a proper diagnosis has to be made. The diagnosis is not only important to confirm that the sciatic nerve is affected, but also to know the location or locations where the nerve is being irritated.
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Sciatica can be a painful and debilitating problem that commonly interferes with walking, standing, sitting, and sleeping. In some cases, it is difficult to find any comfortable position at all. Along with pain, symptoms such as throbbing, numbness, weakness, and “pins-and-needles” can also be present.
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When a patient is dealing with low back pain with or without radiating symptoms, it’s important to figure out which movements/activities are aggravating and which ones provide relief. Most commonly, bending forward and sitting tends to make the pain worse and walking or standing will make things better.
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When a patient presents with low back pain we also need to understand the relationship that the lumbar spine has with the other joints in the body, particularly the hip. The hip is unique in that is it designed to be a mobile joint but also depends on muscles to provide stability and movement. The faulty hip movement will require the spine to move more than normal in an effort to compensate. Excessive stress on the spinal joints can result in low back pain, but the problem at the hip may the underlying cause.
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For those suffering from shoulder pain your sleep position is extremely important. Although sleeping is rarely the cause of your pain, it should be a focus as it definitely can aggravate and slow its rehab progress. Here are a few things to consider:
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