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Piriformis Syndrome

Chiropractor Treatment for piriformis at Naas Physio Clinic

What is Piriformis Syndrome?

Piriformis Syndrome is an irritation of the sciatic nerve as it passes beneath the piriformis muscle which lies deep in the centre of the buttock. The sciatic nerve runs from the lower back down the back of the leg to the knee. In most people the sciatic nerve runs under the piriformis muscle; however, in about 15% of the population, the piriformis consists of two muscle bellies with the sciatic nerve passing between them. A deep localised buttock pain may arise due to piriformis muscle injury & this may be associated with symptoms of sciatica if the underlying sciatic nerve is irritated.

What causes Piriformis Syndrome?

Injury to the piriformis muscle may occur from a trauma or repetitive poor biomechanics. This gives rise to compression of the underlying sciatic nerve. In the majority of cases, piriformis syndrome sufferers will not recall an inciting trauma. It is important to distinguish between piriformis syndrome and other potential causes of sciatic nerve radiation patterns such as lumbar spine disc herniations and stenosis (narrowing) of the spinal canal. Many patients will come in with a diagnosis of piriformis syndrome but, in my experience, examination often reveals another source for their complaint.

Physiotherapy treatment of Piriformis Syndrome

Treatment will involve a thorough examination of the lumbar spine, pelvis, hip and surrounding musculature. Although the piriformis muscle may be the source of pain, any one of these structures may be a primary driver of the condition. Myofascial release techniques are commonly applied to lengthen the muscle & alleviate pressure on the underlying nerve. A home exercise programme may be required to stretch the involved structure while strengthening the surrounding areas including the hip and trunk.

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