What is Piriformis Syndrome?
The piriformis muscle is located deep in the buttocks and aids with hip rotation. Typically, when the sciatic nerve descends to the leg, it passes under the piriformis muscle. Around 20% of individuals have their sciatic nerve penetrate through the piriformis muscle rather than underneath it. This may predispose the sciatic nerve to irritation and compression by the piriformis muscle.
The piriformis muscle may push down on the sciatic nerve as a result of prolonged sitting, lack of hip mobility, or trauma. Mild symptoms typically manifest as an ache deep in the buttock that radiates to the outer thigh. Tingling, numbness, or intense pain may spread down the thigh to the foot in more severe instances.
How physical therapy helps piriformis syndrome
Physical therapy is a very efficient treatment method for piriformis syndrome. We can establish the appropriate treatment technique for the afflicted region by examining your hip range of motion, muscular strength, flexibility, walking, and posture. Wellspring Health Center can assist you in regaining lost range of motion, reducing discomfort, and improving symptoms in the leg with professional hands-on treatment and targeted exercises.
In order to avoid recurrence of symptoms, we teach you specific exercises, stretches, and lifestyle alterations if needed. To discover more about how we can alleviate your piriformis syndrome symptoms, please contact Wellspring Health Center in Eden Prairie, MN, today.