Sciatica is a term used to describe the symptoms of leg pain, tingling, numbness, or weakness that travel down the low back via the sciatic nerve in the back of the leg. Sciatica (sometimes known as radiculopathy) is a description of symptoms, not a diagnosis. A herniated disc, spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, and spondylolisthesis can all cause sciatica.

What is Piriformis Syndrome? Piriformis syndrome is a condition in which the piriformis muscle, located deep in the buttock, spasms and causes buttock pain.

How does piriformis syndrome flare up? Piriformis syndrome symptoms typically affect one side of the body and flare up through prolonged sitting and activities that involve hip movements, such as walking, climbing stairs, or twisting.

Sciatica refers to pain, weakness, numbness, or tingling in the leg caused by injury to or pressure on the sciatic nerve in the lower back.

The signs and symptoms of certain serious medical conditions may mimic sciatica. If left untreated, it may lead to complications, which can be life-threatening.


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