Every day people come into my office with complaints of low back pain and radiation into the posterior side of the leg. 99% of the time these individuals think they have true definition “sciatica.”

According to the Mayo Clinic the true definition sciatica is:

“Sciatica refers to pain that radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve — which branches from your lower back through your hips and buttocks and down each leg. Typically, sciatica affects only one side of your body.

Sciatica most commonly occurs when a herniated disk or a bone spur on the spine compresses part of the nerve. This causes inflammation, pain and often some numbness in the affected leg.”


However, what happens when someone walks in and does  not have the classic symptoms like what is referenced above?

What else could be going on?

I would bet to venture that most of time in addition to the pelvis being mis-aligned, aka subluxated, they are dealing a condition called piriformis syndrome.

Web Md, says Piriformis syndrome usually starts with pain, tingling, or numbness in the buttocks. The pain is due to the piriformis muscle compressing the sciatic nerve, such as while sitting on a car seat or running. Pain may also be triggered while climbing stairs, applying firm pressure directly over the piriformis muscle, or sitting for long periods of time. Most cases of sciatica, however, are not due to piriformis syndrome.

To further the point, I made a quick video to explain the difference between sciatica and piriformis syndrome  and then I show you how to care for it yourself.

Lastly, if you are experiencing what you believe to be piriformis syndrome go get checked by your local chiropractor and buy yourself a Trigger Point Performance The Grid and learn how to roll out your piriformis.


Have you ever experienced piriformis syndrome?  If so, how did you deal with it?