Back and leg pain are a common part of aging and are typically resolved with mild over-the-counter remedies. For some individuals, the complications with back and leg pain are associated with a more complex musculoskeletal complication known as Piriformis syndrome. As a more subjective type of musculoskeletal pain, physicians often struggle to identify an underlying cause and, thereby, have some difficulty in treating this condition.
If you are suffering from complications associated with Piriformis syndrome, it is important to speak with your doctor about the possible underlying causes and origins. One area of cause that is often overlooked involved the potential risk for changes in bone density and bone mass, with aging, which may result in one leg being anatomically different than the other leg. When this type of change occurs in your legs, uneven pelvis and hip joints are common and this may cause the symptoms of Piriformis syndrome to develop.
In many older adults, the complications of bone density are a concern and even a slight variation in your leg length can lead to complications associated with Piriformis syndrome. While there is no cure for this type of anatomical complication, there are remedies you can use to alleviate your pain in the buttocks, legs and your back.
Injections are some of the best forms of treatment for Piriformis syndrome associated with abnormal leg length and anatomical changes. Injections, however, must include a combination of both corticosteroids, to improve nerve strength and muscle strength, as well as anesthetics to reduce pain.
When struggling with complications associated with back and leg pain, and when your doctor has confirmed the condition as an atrophy, you may hear the term “short leg” used to describe your condition. While your leg may be shortened to some extent, it is possible the leg length is the same but there is simply a change in the bone density or bone mass that is simply making your leg smaller than the other leg. Overall, however, your doctor may refer to the condition as “short leg” which is the same as Piriformis syndrome associated with bone atrophy in the lower extremities.
When seeking medical attention for leg and back pain, it is important to consider all options including those that may be associated with aging and the onset of Piriformis syndrome. While there are few resolutions for this type of complication, there are solutions for the symptoms that can be considered once your diagnosis is confirmed as related to a “short leg” complication.
Sources: Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation, 22 (2009), pp. 55-58