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“Sciatica” is an old world term that refers to leg pain felt down the back of the thigh into the calf and foot. What about thigh pain? What about buttock pain? Unfortunately, “sciatica” has been wrongly applied to all types and locations of leg pain. In 1948, the use of the word “sciatica” was declared “unhelpful” by a leading orthopedic specialist because it is limited to a certain location and really does not address the origin of the pain. Over the years, many older medical terms like sciatica have become archaic as the newer research technologies give doctors clearer definitions and a better understanding of the human body. Leg pain that comes from the low back is most accurately categorized as referred pain or neurogenic pain. These terms apply to all locations and address the origin of the pain. With these newer terms, the antiquated word, “sciatica”, has no place in the modern world. Sally has been waking up with right ...
Resources www.aasmnet.org -- American Academy of Sleep Medicine www.sleepfoundation.org -- National Sleep Foundation www.ninds.nih.gov -- National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke www.nhlbi.nih.gov/about/ncsdr/ -- National Center on Sleep Disorders Research www.rls.org -- Restless Legs Syndrome Foundation www.wemove.org -- Worldwide Education and Awareness for Movement Disorders
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 ...
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