A condition where the piriformis muscle in the buttocks aggravates the sciatic nerve. When the sciatic nerve is irritated it often causes pain and a numbness/ tingling sensation in the back of the leg (similar to sciatic pain). A spasm of the piriformis muscle can also cause irritation to the sciatic nerve as the sciatic nerve either travels just below or through the piriformis muscle (varies from individual to individual). This muscle is very important as it allows us to walk, maintain balance, and shift weight from one foot to the other. When this condition occurs it can be very painful. The pain is easily aggravated by prolonged sitting as you are compressing the sciatic nerve, running, and stair climbing is usually very bothersome as well.
Our expertly trained physical therapists and board certified medical doctor have years of experience treating piriformis syndrome. For most people piriformis syndrome will resolve with a physical therapy program consisting of specific exercises and stretches to help reduce compression on the sciatic nerve. Manual traction techniques help as well in taking pressure off the sciatic nerve. Occasionally anti-inflammatory medications, muscle relaxants, or corticosteroid injections are needed depending on the severity of the condition. If you have piriformis syndrome or any other lower back pain or discomfort we encourage you to call 718-730-9040 Our Rego Park Queens physical therapists are here to help get you back up and running and restore back your quality of life.