Hip and Buttock Pain in Wheaton
Sciatica is a condition in which an individual experiences pain, burning, numbness, or tingling that runs down the back of the leg. The most common causes of sciatica are a bulging or herniated disc in the lower back that puts pressure on a nerve root feeding into the sciatic nerve or a muscle in the buttock that compresses the sciatic nerve.
Pain generally originates in the lower back and radiates into the buttock, hip and down one leg. Usually the pain only affects one leg and can be accompanied with burning, numbness, and tingling. Sitting, coughing, and sneezing is a sign the pain may be coming from a disc injury of the low back and pain with standing and walking that shoots pain down the leg may be a sign the sciatic nerve is being compressed by a muscle in the buttock. There are 5 entrapment sites in the low back and leg that may be compressing the sciatic nerve.
Stretching, pain relievers, and an ice pack or heating pad may provide short-term relief from sciatica. However, a chiropractic adjustment, Active Release Technique (A.R.T.) and rehabilitative stretches and exercises can help alleviate the symptoms and resolve the issue. Depending on the nature of the injury, a patient may be referred to a pain management specialist for a steroid injection to help reduce inflammation.
Piriformis syndrome typically presents with sharp shooting pains down the back of the leg and even into the foot. It often starts in the middle of the buttock and the distance the pain travels down the back of the leg depends on the degree of irritation to the sciatic nerve.
Piriformis syndrome is generally caused by an overactive or tight piriformis muscle that pinches or clamps down on the sciatic nerve. The symptoms can present as tightness, burning, numbness, tingling or pain down the leg. The muscle in the glute is often painful to the touch and external rotation of the hip can cause discomfort and limited range of motion.
The group of muscles that lye in the back of the upper leg is known as the hamstrings. An injury to this area is typically a hamstring strain. Football, basketball, track, and baseball are common sports that involve explosive moves of the leg that can lead to this injury. Hamstring Strains are typically very pinpoint and localized. Most people with these injuries will be able to touch and feel where they have strained their hamstring. It will be hotter to the touch than the other areas, swollen and very sore. Touching your toes with straight legs, walking, kicking, running, jumping, going up stairs, direct pressure and sitting are provocative things that will cause pain in this situation.
Active Release Technique (A.R.T.) plays an intricate role in treating these injuries. Pain can be relieved in a short period of time. Depending on the severity of the injury it can resolve in 3-6 treatments.
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Wheaton Chiropractic Spine & Joint Center
115 West Wesley Street #2
Wheaton, IL 60187