Piriformis syndrome is a muscular condition resulting in the sciatic nerve being compressed by a tightness or overuse of the piriformis muscle which lies deep in your buttock. Symptoms of this syndrome include pain, tingling and numbness in the buttocks and along the path of the sciatic nerve descending down the lower thigh and into the leg. The pain can also be felt in the hip area on occasion as the general area of the piriformis is known to be affected.
Some Causes of Piriformis Syndrome:
Other structures can potentially compress the sciatic nerve and also result in buttock pain. The main example of this being the lumbar spine. As a result of this, piriformis syndrome can be sometimes difficult to diagnose and it is best left to trained physiotherapists to assess and treat this condition. Sitting for prolonged and extended periods of time can be a factor that results in piriformis syndrome. Physical and sporting activities may also be to blame if the area sustains impact during sports or training.
Physiotherapy treatment can be used to target and alleviate the source of the pain. Massage therapy may also be utilised to target the affected area and relieve the pain by massaging the muscles and tissues that are suffering from compression. A series of exercises and stretches can also be used to good effect here by keeping the area limber and helping to reduce the compression that causes the pain.
What we can do for you:
The Chartered Physiotherapists at PhysioCare can help you get and feel better by implementing a treatment plan with the aim of relieving the symptoms of your piriformis syndrome. In conjunction with physiotherapy treatment at our clinics, you can also self-manage your pain when it strikes at home or even in work with our simple but effective guided exercise videos.