Understand Pain: Piriformis Syndrome
Why Do I have this ‘pain in the butt’ and what can I do to get rid of it?
Piriformis Syndrome is a painful condition in the hip/buttocks. When your piriformis muscles are tight and inflammed, they cause nerve irritation. This ‘compression’ of the sciatic nerve is what makes you feel the tingling pain …and is quite literally a ‘pain in the butt’!
Furthermore, this imbalance can destabilize your movements, as the sciatic nerve passes through from hip to foot. This causes pain in the hips, back, thighs, and down to the foot.
Piriformis muscle acts as a hip external rotator, abductor, and flexor of the hip, providing hip joint control and postural stability during walking and standing.
If left untreated, piriformis syndrome can become lifestyle-limiting, where you can’t do the activities you used to enjoy. Please don’t put yourself through this pain. 🙁
Why do I have this ‘Pain in the butt’?
A common cause of Piriformis syndrome is by sitting on your wallet (men, take note!) or anything that forces your body into habitually sitting in a non-neutral (lop-sided) position.
Repetitive, vigorous activity such as long-distance running, prolonged working at the desk, or previous trauma or injury also causes your buttock muscles to become tight. Left that way, it results in muscle imbalance, which leads to Piriforimis syndrome.
Signs and Symptoms of Piriformis Syndrome
If you are experiencing the following, please do check in with us:
– Deep aching pain in or near the buttocks
– Tingling, numbness around the butt area, or down to your foot
– Radiating pain to your legs and toes
– Tenderness when you press your piriformis muscles
– Hip pain
– Difficulty with walking
– Constant need to go for massage to ‘release’ the ‘butt pain’
Ok…So how can I get rid of this ‘pain in the butt’??
People having piriformis syndrome recover well through physiotherapy.
At Physioclinic, our physiotherapist will assess your pain and accelerate healing through the release and reconditioning of your muscles. By doing so, we help you reduce the likelihood of pain reoccurrence.
A Piriformis Syndrome Physiotherapy Treatment may include the following:
– Electrical therapy
– Shockwave therapy
– Trigger point release
– Pain Relief Treatment and Tissue Healing
– Massage: Sports massage/ Soft tissue massage/ Deep friction massage
– Stretching and strengthening exercises
– Core stabilisation
– Specialist advice on activities to avoid
– Correction of functional biomechanical deficits such as muscle tightness, joint stiffness, muscle weakness
Your friendly Physioclinic physiotherapist will assses the root causes to your hip/buttocks pain, and tailor your treatment for the best possible recovery.
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