Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

piriformis syndrome treatment and causes

Piriformis Syndrome is a condition that is similar to Sciatica with the main difference of that the pain in Piriformis Syndrome takes place due to the spasms or tightening of the Piriformis muscle that irritates the sciatic nerve, while the pain in the latter happens when the sciatic nerve suffers from undue pressure because of hernia or a lumbar disc that is bulging. Aside from pain in the butt, sufferers of this condition experience the following symptoms:

● Severe pain while sitting or climbing on the stairs.

● Gradually, the sufferer may experience weakness and numbing sensation in the muscle.

● Pain resembling that of Sciatica and goes from the sufferer’s buttock to his thigh and foot.

● Sitting is not that easy to do with the sufferer being able to sit only on one buttock and maintaining the weight off the other buttock.

Often, Piriformis is overlooked and misdiagnosed as Sciatica due to the fact that it causes tingling and numbing sensations in the legs which are often linked to Sciatica. Piriformis malady is hard to diagnose, but it can be the condition when there’s sciatic nerve pain without injury or damage to the spine or discs. On the other hand, the most common Piriformis Syndrome causes include under-use or over-use of the muscle, trigger points or muscle knots, inflammation, strains and weakness arising from muscle imbalances. It may also be a result of inactive gluteal muscles, particularly the gluteus medius and gluteus minimus. Gluteal muscles help extend the hip and rotate the leg. Under-used gluteal muscles are often caused by tight hip flexors, which makes the hamstring and piriformis muscles work harder than they’re supposed to. This can lead to over-worked piriformis muscle and the patient suffering from Piriformis Syndrome symptoms.

If you are a sufferer of this condition, it is of course a common thing for you to look for piriformis syndrome treatment to free yourself from it. However, it should be noted that although there are many treatments available out there for piriformis syndrome symptoms, most of these have side effects. Pain killers will eventually lose its effectiveness as the effects wear off and the Piriformis Syndrome symptoms will only come back. Methods such as chiropractic therapy can offer some help in healing the pain as well as reducing the inflammation. On the other hand, one of the best Piriformis Syndrome treatments is yoga. The positions in yoga can help in stretching as well as soothing the muscles. As the sufferer practices yoga frequently, his muscle will not bunch up and remain relaxed. To effectively do the yoga positions, the sufferer can get the help of a good yoga therapist to ensure that he will get the maximum benefits of this Piriformis Syndrome medication.