Piriformis Syndrome is a condition of the hip, where the piriformis muscle becomes tight and often spasms. Local piriformis inflammation can irritate the sciatic nerve.
About Piriformis Syndrome
Piriformis syndrome results as the sciatic nerve is compressed as it passes under a small muscle in your buttocks called the piriformis. Your piriformis muscle starts at your tailbone, crosses your buttocks, and attaches to the top of your femur. This muscle works to rotate your leg outwards when it contracts. When the muscle is irritated, it causes spasms, compressing your sciatic nerve. Consequently, sciatica-like numbness, tingling, and electrical sensations into the leg and foot can occur.
In most people, the sciatic nerve travels under the piriformis muscle. However, in 25% of the population, the sciatic nerve passes through the muscle. As a result, these people are more likely to suffer from piriformis syndrome. Often, we see this problem in female patients between the ages of 40 and 60. However, men and women at any age can experience piriformis syndrome
Symptoms of Piriformis Syndrome
- Pain in your buttocks
- Symptoms that travel towards your feet
- Pain when sitting or standing in one position for 15-20 minutes
- Pain with:
- Climbing stairs
- Sitting in car
- Getting up from a chair
Our Approach To Piriformis Syndrome
We treat this syndrome often at our St. George chiropractic clinic. Our team will identify where the pain and potential weakness is coming from. Then, we show you a routine to minimize the amount of compression on your sciatic nerve by building strength in your hips.
Your Visit With US
We start every visit with a detailed movement based screen to identify any critical contributors to your pain. After that, we combine muscle release techniques with chiropractic care to help relax your tight muscles and allow your body to move better and feel better. Next, most patients are brought to our rehab area. Here is where we teach you how to extend your session’s benefits at home. We do this by showing you stretches and exercises based on your goals so you can feel better, faster.
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