Sciatica is pain that radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve and it's branches. Your sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in your body. It runs from your spinal cord to your buttock and hip area and down the back of each leg.
Sciatica is a symptom not a disorder. The pain associated with sciatica signals another problem involving the nerve, the most common being a herniated disc. Another common cause of sciatica is called periformis syndrome. The piriformis muscle extends from the side of the sacrum to the top of the thighbones at the hip joint and passes over the sciatic nerve. When a tight or short piriformis muscle is stretched it can compress and irritate the sciatic nerve. This can happen to athletes who overuse and stretch the piriformis. Other causes of piriformis syndrome are habitually standing with toes turned out, over use without proper warm up, prolonged sitting and obesity. It can also be caused by an injury or in many cases it develops from general wear and tear on ...
My groin hurts and my doctor told me I have hip arthritis. My hip doesn't hurt, how can my doctor be right?
Sometimes we experience pain in a part of the body that is not the actually causing the pain. This is called referred pain and it is quite common. For example, you may have heard that a sign of an impending heart attack can be shoulder and arm pain. Heart attacks don't always cause shoulder and arm pain. However, when the heart is injured, one of the places that pain can be experienced is in the shoulder and arm. How does this work?
In referred pain, the brain essentially gets confused by the messages it is receiving from the body and cannot determine where the pain impulses are coming from. Consider the hip. The nerve fibers that innervate the groin and hip ascend through similar pathways into the brain. When they arrive in the brain, the brain is not able to distinguish exactly which structure sends them and often decides they are originating from the groin.
Fun, fun, fun! That is what summer is all about now that school is out and the winter blizzards are a thing of the past. Before the parachutes, wakeboards, skateboards, and soccer balls come out of the closet, a few words of caution should be heeded. Before the horses are loaded up for the big summer ride and roundup, some warnings should be understood.
Even with the best intention for safety and fun, many activities of enjoyment can cause injury. Those injuries usually amount to chronic pain with arthritis in the future because no matter how far the practice of medicine has come, injuries rarely heal back to an original, pristine state. Mirco-injury to ligaments and cartilage leave a joint vulnerable to the effects of overuse, stress, and aging . Thus, these joints become arthritically inflamed and painful later. The price of pain might be in years to come, but it will come. Take a look at the common injuries associated with some popular summertime activities.
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