What is false runner's sciatica
Have you recently experienced severe pain in the buttock during a training session, since then, it has become more and more intense until you are forced to take a strict rest. The symptoms resemble those of sciatica, but the diagnosis does not fit. What if it was a runner's fake sciatica?
The piriformis is one of the muscles that provide stability to the pelvis. It connects the sacrum and the top of the femur, so it plays an essential role in all running sports. During the stride, it performs a reflex contraction to ensure the rotation of the leg. This recurrent contraction can lead to a disturbance that causes pain, which is known as false runner's sciatica or piriformis syndrome. A pinching sensation on the top of the buttock that radiates to the side of the thigh, the intensity of which can be accentuated by prolonged sitting, trampling and of course trail running.
Intensive training, for example, preparation for an important race can be the cause of piriformis syndrome. This means that an accurate diagnosis and proper treatment are essential if we are to recover our physical abilities quickly.
Causes of runner's sciatica
To determine the causes of runner's sciatica, it is important to understand the function and location of the piriformis. For about 80% of the population, the sciatic nerve passes under the muscle. There are other anatomical variations, the sciatic nerve can pass through or around the piriformis muscle. In all cases, these more or less direct anatomical relationships are the cause of the acute pain.
Piriformis muscle hypertrophy can be caused by several factors :
- direct trauma
- repeated heavy pronation
- considerable stress on the gluteal muscle
- a lack of stretching
- the practice of asymmetrical sports
- Physical deformities can also cause piriformis muscle hypertrophy.
Early treatment is necessary to understand the origin of the disorder and to promote recovery.
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