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Can you have sciatic pain without a herniated disc?

Are you struggling with sciatic pain?

Sciatic pain is common among adults, affecting 10% to 40% of the population. Sciatica occurs when the sciatic nerve is irritated or pinched. This causes a sensation of numbness and/or tingling to travel from the buttocks and down the one or both legs.

A common known cause of sciatica is a herniated or bulging disc in the lower spine.

However, there are other conditions that can cause sciatic nerve pain that is more difficult to diagnose. One of those non-disc related sciatic pain is a condition called piriformis muscle syndrome. MRI scans cannot reliably image nerves and thus, there is no effective means to diagnose and treat this condition.