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How can I tell the difference between sciatica caused by a herniated disc or by piriformis syndrome?

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Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management
3 doctors agree

In brief: Get MRI

It will tell you the story regarding a herniated disc or not.

In brief: Get MRI

It will tell you the story regarding a herniated disc or not.
Dr. Qamar Khan
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Dr. Brian Le
Pain Management
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Back pain

The back pain can be caused by muscle strain, spinal stenosis, ruptured disc, nerve impingement .
.. Both herniated disc and piriformis syndrome can cause symptoms consistent with sciatica. You should seek help from pain management doctor, physiatrist or neurologist. From physical examination and radiological tests, we can distinguish the cause of your pain.

In brief: Back pain

The back pain can be caused by muscle strain, spinal stenosis, ruptured disc, nerve impingement .
.. Both herniated disc and piriformis syndrome can cause symptoms consistent with sciatica. You should seek help from pain management doctor, physiatrist or neurologist. From physical examination and radiological tests, we can distinguish the cause of your pain.
Dr. Brian Le
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Dr. Daniel Elskens
Neurosurgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Piriformis/sciatica

Piriformis syndrome is rare, usually secondary to trauma, and can be distinguished on physical exam by a competent spine specialist.
In difficult clinical cases, MRI or other diagnostic testing such as emg/ncv may help pinpoint the source of nerve compression.

In brief: Piriformis/sciatica

Piriformis syndrome is rare, usually secondary to trauma, and can be distinguished on physical exam by a competent spine specialist.
In difficult clinical cases, MRI or other diagnostic testing such as emg/ncv may help pinpoint the source of nerve compression.
Dr. Daniel Elskens
Dr. Daniel Elskens
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