The more specific location of the sciatic nerve is deep in the tissues of the buttock. It is located between the piriformis muscle, so if that muscle is inflamed or constricted, it will also lead to inflammation of the sciatic nerve and the problem known as sciatica.
The piriformis muscle is the primary muscle that supports the outward movements of your leg, foot and hip. It is the muscle that connects the spine to the femur at the top of that bone. When the sciatic nerve passes through the piriformis muscle, it can lead to a condition known as piriformis syndrome. This is often associated with pain in the hips, lower back and a difficulty with balance.
A number of other factors may also affect the sciatic nerve along with the piriformis muscle. When is a problem, it is often treated with over-the-counter pain relievers, including NSAIDs, which reduce inflammation. When the pain is chronic and intense, muscle relaxers and prescription painkillers may be given. The individual may also be given an antidepressant medication.
If you are simply treating a problem with sciatica and not treating the problem itself, you’re going to spend the rest of your life on medication. When you do the right piriformis stretches, however, it can go a long way in helping to remove a problem with sciatic pain.
Something that you may not realize is that sciatica is not actually a condition. When an individual suffers from sciatica, they are suffering from pain in the sciatic nerve. Sciatica is actually used to describe the sensation you are experiencing, along with other symptoms, such as numbness, tingling and the loss of bladder control.