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Piriformis Syndrome

What is piriformis syndrome?

Piriformis syndrome is a neuromuscular condition that occurs when the piriformis muscle in the buttocks pinches the sciatic nerve. The piriformis muscle is a large muscle on each side of the buttocks. The sciatic nerve is a nerve which starts at the spinal cord in the low back, extends through the piriformis muscle in the buttock, and branches down the back of the leg, all the way to the foot.  


Symptoms of piriformis syndrome are pain, numbness and/or tingling in the buttock. Sometimes, these symptoms can extend down the leg and into the foot.  


Piriformnis syndrome is one of the causes of what’s more commonly called sciatica.  


Is there a cure for piriformis syndrome?

Piriformis syndrome can often be relieved with physical therapy, mild low-impact aerobic exercise such as in a warm water pool, and relaxation therapies. However, on occasion, it can become chronic. In chronic cases, chronic pain rehabilitation programs are likely the most beneficial treatment strategy.



Murray J. McAllister, PsyD, is the executive director of the Institute for Chronic Pain. The Institute for Chronic Pain is an educational and public policy think tank. Its purpose is to bring together thought leaders from around the world in the field of chronic pain rehabilitation and provide academic-quality information that is also approachable to all the stakeholders in the field: patients, their families, generalist healthcare providers, third party payers, and public policy analysts. Its aim is to change the culture of how chronic pain is managed through education and consultation efforts that advocate for the use of empirically supported conceptualizations and treatments of chronic pain. He also blogs at the Institute for Chronic Pain Blog.



Last Updated on Friday, 23 October 2015 15:40

Published on Friday, 27 April 2012 13:41

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