Piriformis Syndrome

22 Feb 13 - 10:16 AM

The piriformis is a small muscle that spans from the sacrum to the hip bone across the middle of the buttock area. When this muscle becomes tight, inflamed, injured or swollen, it can cause low back pain, buttock pain, and radiating pain or tingling into the leg via the sciatic nerve.

The piriformis is a small muscle that spans from the sacrum to the hip bone across the middle of the buttock area. The muscle is located in proximity to the point where the sciatic nerve exits the pelvis on its way down the leg. When this muscle becomes tight, inflamed, injured or swollen, it can cause low back pain, buttock pain, and radiating pain or tingling into the leg via the sciatic nerve. 

Treatment

The purpose of chiropractic treatment for piriformis syndrome is to restore the function of the pelvic and spinal joints that may be contributing to the problem. Your Chiropractor begins by evaluating your condition. This includes attention to the low back, as well as the sacroiliac and hip joints.

Heat is used to help the piriformis muscle relax, easing spasm and pain. Your Chiropractor may place a hot pack over your buttocks muscle.

Spinal adjustments correct any misalignments in the joints of the lower back, pelvis and hips. A restricted pelvic or hip joint may result in overload and secondary tension in the piriformismuscle. Once piriformis syndrome is corrected, specific periodic chiropractic adjustments are recommended to prevent a re-occurrence.

Hands-on treatments such as Deep Massage and specialized forms of Soft-Tissue Mobilization may be used initially. Your Chiropractor may also position your hip and leg in a way that helps to relax nerve signals to the piriformis.

The keystone treatment for piriformis treatment is stretching. Stretching is especially effective following heat and hands on treatments. Your Chiropractor will position you in ways that help you get a good stretch on the piriformis muscle. Along with the stretches you'll do in the clinic, you'll be shown several ways to stretch the muscle on your own. You need to do your stretches every few hours. Be gentle and cautious as you stretch to avoid overdoing it.

As your symptoms ease, your Chiropractor will gradually advance your program to include posture training, muscle strengthening, and general conditioning.




Piriformis Syndrome