Is It Piriformis Syndrome or Lower Back Pain with Sciatica?

Is It Piriformis Syndrome or Lower Back Pain with Sciatica in Alexandria VA?

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Piriformis Syndrome does present similarly to lower back pain with sciatica.  With both conditions that patient reports experiencing pain that travels down the leg. Typically, a patient who has Piriformis Syndrome reports pain in the buttock and pain in the back of their leg, without an injury. As for lower back pain with sciatic pain, the patient has back pain that travels down the leg. Piriformis Syndrome is a caused by compression of the sciatic nerve. The compression of the sciatic nerve may be caused by a few factors.  In most people, the piriformis muscle runs over the nerve.  On the other hand, in about 15% of the population, the sciatic nerve courses between the piriformis muscle bellies, which compresses the nerve.  Piriformis Syndrome is not the same as lower back pain with sciatica.

At Rosa Family Chiropractic of Alexandria in Virginia, which is located at 4875 Eisenhower Avenue Suite 215 Alexandria, VA 22304, chiropractor Dr. Jasmine Bradley will examine the patient to determine the cause of their complaint. As a result, Dr. Bradley will evaluate the structures and biomechanics of the patient, in order to assess how well the body is functioning.

Piriformis Syndrome can be treated conservatively, through chiropractic treatment. Chiropractic care for Piriformis Syndrome is often helpful, for those individuals were the muscle runs over the nerve.  People were the nerve pierces through the muscle are more likely to seek other forms of treatment, due to their muscle structure, but chiropractic care can still be beneficial to them, as well.  Dr. Bradley provides chiropractic care to patients with Piriformis Syndrome, a thorough examination of the lower back and connecting tissues, to rule out, and or, to confirm the diagnosis. After a diagnosis of Piriformis Syndrome is determined, Dr. Bradley will: adjust the patient, perform a myofascial release technique, teach the patient therapeutic exercises and discuss recommended supplements.

Chiropractic adjustments along with therapeutic modalities and nutritional supplements for patients seeking conservative options for Piriformis Syndrome are often effective.  Another option includes trigger point injections of the muscle, but this is for rare cases and will not be performed by Dr. Bradley.

In addition to the areas discussed above, the soft tissues and ligaments will also be evaluated to determine the best and most effective methods to treat the patient, in order to help the body to restore its proper function and ranges of motion.

Dr. Jasmine Bradley will conduct a thorough chiropractic exam to determine the cause of the problem. A proper chiropractic evaluation will permit Dr. Bradley to provide specific adjustments for the areas to be treated. With the aim of maintaining your chiropractic adjustments, rehabilitative exercises will be prescribed in order to strengthen the muscles and stabilize the other structures surrounding the adjusted areas. Dr. Bradley will also discuss diet and nutrition and how it vitally contributes to overall health and wellness.

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