What causes Piriformis Syndrome?
You’re tying up your running shoes and you’re excited to hit that running trail. You take your first couple of steps, but your hip discomfort stops you in your tracks. You might be experiencing Piriformis Syndrome. This pain usually arises from the compression of the piriformis muscle that can irritate your sciatic nerve, so it’s essential you get the right physical therapy to get you back running!
Our team of multi-disciplinary physiotherapists, chiropractors and massage therapists can help you feel like yourself again. Using the proper treatments, at-home exercises and rehabilitation techniques, you will experience a noticeable improvement in your condition and spike up your chances for a full recovery. It’s time to return to your active lifestyle and remobilize your body!
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What are some physiotherapy exercises that will help with your Piriformis Syndrome?
With physical therapy treatments, you can improve the natural movement and range of motion you were experiencing before your Piriformis Syndrome was present. Fortunately, it is possible to prevent your condition from becoming worse with the appropriate manipulation of your musculoskeletal system and avoiding any pressure on your lower back and buttock area.
Depending on the severity of your Piriformis Syndrome conditions, we will provide you with a variety of different treatment options. While working with your individual circumstances and goals, we will design a customized treatment plan tailored to your success. You may be involved in various physical therapy techniques that will include:
- Sciatic nerve flossing
- Dry needling / IMS therapy
- Heat and ice therapy
- Targeted stretching
- Myofascial release to relieve tightness in the piriformis muscle and surrounding soft tissues
What are the symptoms of Piriformis Syndrome?
Symptoms will vary from individual to individual, but in most cases, patients have reported:
- Increased pain after prolonged sitting
- Pain walking up the stairs or on an incline
- A dull ache in the buttocks
- Tightness of the hip joint
- Aches running up and down the length of the thigh
What causes Piriformis Syndrome to flare up?
Piriformis Syndrome can develop or worsen when your Piriformis muscle tightens. Due to this particular muscle being so close to the sciatic nerve, a sharp pain may occur that can hinder your daily activities. It’s essential that you address the pain and get the right physiotherapy treatments as soon as it occurs if you have:
- Tight abductor muscles
- Past hip or leg injuries
- Pain when lifting weights
- Lower back spasms
- Prior hip surgery
- Constant sciatic nerve pain
Put Piriformis Syndrome behind with the right physical therapy treatments!
If you have persistent, unexplained pain in your buttocks or tingling that runs throughout the entirety of your leg, the proper treatment will help you relieve your Piriformis Syndrome symptoms.
If you have been living with Piriformis Syndrome, it’s time to get back on your feet and reach for your fitness goals without discomfort holding you back! Book an appointment today to discuss your options for success.