While many people seek relief from sciatica pain symptoms as described above, many may actually be suffering more from a muscular issue, rather than a true sciatic nerve condition. In my experience, the muscular condition of piriformis syndrome is often more common in people, but may not always be accurately detected, as it can compress the sciatic nerve and imitate pain similar to sciatica.
“I see clients with sciatica-like symptoms frequently in my practice”, But, from a muscular standard it’s usually more of a piriformis muscle issue than true sciatica. The piriformis muscle is one of our deep lateral hip rotators that extend into the glute area. It can get inflamed, contracted and can compress the sciatic nerve as well. When this happens, it mimics the sciatica condition, which people are more commonly aware of. So, a lot of people may come in saying they have sciatica, but in reality more times than not it’s piriformis syndrome.”