A condition where the piriformis syndrome 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 718-866-3738 Our Rego Park Queens physical therapists are here to help get you back up and running and restore back your quality of life.
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Piriformis Syndrome is an uncommon neuromuscular disorder in which the flat bandlike piriformis muscle in your buttocks compresses the sciatic nerve causing discomfort and pain. The sciatic nerve may run under, around, or through the piriformis muscle depending on the individual. Most often people suffering from piriformis syndrome have their sciatic muscle running through their piriformis muscle. Piriformis syndrome most often occurs in individuals who engage in prolonged sitting, running or climb stairs on a regular basis.
Symptoms of Piriformis Syndrome
The symptoms of piriformis syndrome are not unlike the symptoms of sciatic pain from other causes. You may have pain in buttock, lower back and leg area especially when sitting or climbing stairs.
How to Find a Piriformis Syndrome Doctor Near Me?
If you suspect you may be suffering from piriformis you may be wondering how to find a piriformis doctor. The truth is that many people simply go to their normal medical professional for a diagnoses while other will seek the assistance of a neuromuscular specialist or be referred to the specialist by their own doctor.
Clinical Diagnosis of Piriformis Syndrome
There is no clinical diagnosis of piriformis syndrome as such since there are no tests that can pinpoint the cause of your pain being due to compression of the sciatic nerve caused by the piriformis muscle. Instead a clinical diagnosis is usually made based on a physical exam and your own description of your symptoms and the pain. This means you need to be totally honest with your doctor regarding they symptoms and you feel and when the pain is at its worst. In some cases, your doctor may order an MRI to rule out any other causes of sciatic nerve compression before making a diagnosis of piriformis syndrome.
Piriformis Syndrome Help
Once your doctor has diagnosed you with suffering from Piriformis syndrome your doctor will advise you of the treatment options he may use to treat the syndrome and relieve the pain and the other symptoms.
Normally your doctor will start by advising you to take a break and rest from the activities that has caused the condition along with recommending that your alternate using heat and ice packs to help ease pain and reduce swelling. In some cases, along with the rest and hot and cold packs the doctor may prescribe noninflammatory drugs, muscle relaxants, corticosteroid injections or osteopathic manipulation to help ease the pain during the first few days or weeks of recovery.
More often than not physical therapy is recommended to relieve the compression of the sciatic nerve. There is no actual Piriformis syndrome clinic to go in order to receive physical therapy for this condition, instead you should simply go to a physical therapy clinic or treatment center that has a therapists experienced in treating patients with piriformis syndrome. In most cases your therapy will consist of various stretches and exercises that are designed to help relieve the compression on the sciatic nerve.
While Piriformis Syndrome may be fairly difficult to diagnose and treat becoming proactive with own treatment will help aid your recovery a great deal.