This is actually a muscular
problem, with symptoms
that can mimic
other more serious conditions.
in the buttock
above the knee
or walking makes the pain worse.
Affected leg is often externally rotated
(toes point out) when relaxed, such as when lying face down on the bed with your feet over the end of the mattress.
Pain after driving a long distance
; your foot on the accelerator pedal
has been in one position for hours!
Low back pain
This can sound very like true sciatica
, but instead of a serious problem like a ruptured disc
pressing on your sciatic nerve
, it's actually a muscle, deep in your buttock tweaking
The sciatic nerve is the largest in the body, up to the width of your thumb
! It runs from the lower back, through the buttock and handles pretty much all nervous
functions in your leg.
Now under all the padding
muscles lies the piriformis muscle
. It is attached to the sacrum
and runs to the head of the femur
and is used to help rotate
. If you lie on your back with your feet
in the air and rotate your foor out to one side...well that's you working out
the priformis muscle.
You need this muscle to hold your foot on the accelerator of a car, and driving for a long time can cause this muscle to shorten. When you get out of your car and stretch
, the piriformis muscle will compress the sciatic nerve, triggering the above symptoms
Other triggers can be faulty foot or spinal mechanics, gait
disturbances, poor posture
or sitting habits, exercise can do it as well, anything that affects the piriformis really...
As with a lot of muscle problems, stretching can help a lot, as this muscle is so far in your bum
it's a bit difficult to describe how to.
To stretch the right
side piriformis, lie on your back, bend you knees and put your right ankle
on your left knee, to make a figure '4'. Now by bending at the hip, bring your left knee
towards your chest, grab your left thigh to help.
As it can also be caused by poor posture etc., treatment can involve correct faulty foot and pelvic
mechanics, resting from exercise etc.
The above is meant to be a description
and not advice; if you're in pain, see a doctor
. I accept no resposibility for any injuries caused due to reading the above. It's not my fault, you should have seen a doctor...It's not my fault....I never did no harm to no-one...He slipped on the stairs, I weren't nowhere near 'im honest....