What is Piriformis Syndrome?

What is Piriformis Syndrome?

You may be familiar with sciatica, which is a pain that starts in the buttocks and runs down the leg. Sciatica pain is typically caused by irritation or pressure of the nerves in the lower back. One condition that can cause pressure on these nerves is piriformis syndrome. At Advanced Orthopedics & Joint Preservation, our Brooklyn orthopedist is well-versed in treating various musculoskeletal issues that affect the body. Continue reading to learn more about piriformis syndrome. 

What is Piriformis Syndrome?

The piriformis is the small muscle located deep in the buttock that runs from your lower back to the top of your thigh bone. Piriformis syndrome is a painful condition in which the piriformis spasms and causes pain in the buttock region. The piriformis muscle can potentially irritate the sciatic nerve and cause numbness, pain, and tingling along the back of the leg. Intense physical activity, prolonged sitting, and injury to the buttock region can lead to piriformis syndrome. Some patients can develop this condition from performing everyday activities like climbing stairs or walking. Patients with this condition often experience the following symptoms:

  • Dull, aching pain in the buttock. 
  • Pain that extends down the back of the thigh. 
  • Reduced range of motion in the hip. 
  • Pain or discomfort when sitting. 
  • Pain when walking or climbing stairs. 

Treating Piriformis Syndrome

A Brooklyn orthopedist will be able to get to the root of your back and leg pain. Our team will thoroughly evaluate your condition to determine its severity and create the best possible treatment plan to facilitate your recovery. Our team utilizes a comprehensive approach to care to manage the symptoms of piriformis syndrome. Treatment can include a combination of some of the following non-surgical methods:

  • Ice and Heat Therapy.
  • Steroid Injections.
  • Electrotherapy.
  • Recommendations for physical therapy. 

In persistent cases of piriformis syndrome, our Brooklyn orthopedist can cut the muscle to relieve symptoms. However, this procedure is rarely performed since more conservative treatments typically improve this condition. 

Contact Our Doctor

If you are struggling with pain due to piriformis syndrome, Advanced Orthopedics & Joint Preservation is here to help. Our professional and dedicated team is well-versed in treating this condition and can help you find relief. To learn more about piriformis syndrome, schedule an appointment with our Brooklyn orthopedist.

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