Piriformis Syndrome is a medical condition in which a specific muscle in one’s buttock region called the Piriformis muscle becomes irritated by a strain/overuse or a contusion. This type of ailment tends to be very painful mainly because of it’s close location to a major nerve called the Sciatic nerve.
Here at the Fischer Institute we successfully treat patients with Piriformis Syndrome. The first objective for people suffering from this ailment is to receive an extensive evaluation by one of Fischer Institute’s experienced physical therapist to rule out other possible causes of the pain. This thorough evaluation will include an exhaustive look at the patient’s gait, foot, ankle , knee, hip and lumbar ( back ) joints and muscles to see if there are contributing factors to the irritation of the Piriformis muscle.
Piriformis Syndrome Signs and Symptoms
Symptoms of the Piriformis syndrome can include a dull ache in the buttock , pain radiating from the buttock to the back of the thigh. pain with prolonged walking or sitting and/or a lack of hip range of motion with pain. Piriformis Syndrome usually starts with pain, tingling, or numbness in the buttocks. Pain can be severe and extend down the length of the sciatic nerve (called sciatica). The pain is due to the piriformis muscle compressing the sciatic nerve, such as sitting in a car seat or running. Pain may also be triggered while climbing stairs or applying firm pressure directly over the piriformis muscle.
Treatment for Piriformis Syndrome
Treatment of this condition at the Fischer Institute is quite successful with the techniques and treatment options implemented from our therapist. These treatment options sometimes includes soft tissue mobilization, dry needling, stretching, joint mobilization/manipulation, orthotics and specific exercises not only to the Piriformis muscle but to surrounding joints and muscles which maybe perpetuating the problem.