Presented by Zeina A. Grifoni, MPT
– Sciatica refers to compression of the sciatic nerve.
– True sciatica is caused by compression from the piriformis muscle.
– It is often used to describe nerve caused as the nerve exits the spinal canal.
– All nerves for the leg follow join to become the sciatic nerve then divide to innervate specific muscles.
– Sciatic symptoms can extend into the leg and all the way to the foot following nerve root
– Dermatomes can help differentiate which nerve root is being irritated.
– Sciatic pain can present as pain in the buttock, pain into the leg, or pain in the foot.
– Pain can be described as burning, tingling, numbness, or just “pain”