Symptoms: Sciatica & Piriformis Syndrome

  • Pain along sciatic nerve pathway: in low back, buttock, down back of thigh and/or calf
  • Numbness in legs and/or feet
  • Tingling, burning, pinching or pins-and-needles feeling
  • Weakness causing knees to buckle when moving from sitting to standing
  • Inability to flex ankles enough to walk on heels
  • Reduced reflexes in Achilles and knee
  • Sacroiliac (SI joint) pain is usually felt as a dull ache in the bones above the buttocks. Sciatica is felt in the deep soft tissues of the butt and can radiate down the leg. (Bernie Clark)

Sciatic Pains Vary

Sciatic pains are like snowflakes: no two are ever the same… The pain can feel like a dull soreness, numbness, or tingling, or more like an electric shock, throbbing heat, or stabbing pain. It can begin as an annoying ache that makes it uncomfortable to sit, or turn into a variety of intense, and at times debilitating, sensations that make it nearly impossible to walk or stand. An episode can last anywhere from a few hours to several weeks. Some are frequent and consistent… while others may arrive out of the blue after a long hiatus. – Matthew Solan