Graduation Date

Spring 5-6-2017

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Genetics, Cell Biology & Anatomy

First Advisor

Keely Cassidy, PhD

Second Advisor

Karen Gould, PhD

Third Advisor

Shantaram Joshi, PhD


The goal of this project was to identify and quantify the anatomical variations of the sciatic nerve divisions in relation to the piriformis muscle and compare the data collected to the primary literature. This was done in an effort to provide awareness of sciatic nerve entrapments within the subgluteal space that may be responsible for posterior hip and buttock pain. While the current means of diagnosis are through physical examination, imaging techniques, and surgery, the results of this present study indicate that new methods of diagnosis need to be explored.