Piriformis Syndrome Treatment
General treatment for piriformis syndrome may include:
- Avoid activities that cause pain.
- Cold compresses
- Warm compresses
- Rest your back:
- Avoid heavy lifting.
- Return to walking as soon as possible.
- After the pain resolves:
- Back stretching exercises
- Back range of motion exercises
- Back strengthening exercises.
- Physical therapy for piriformis syndrome
- Chiropractic care for piriformis syndrome
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain:
- Narcotic pain medication
- Corticosteroid medications:
- Often includes a local anesthetic and administered as an injection
- Botulinum toxin injections
- Surgery for piriformis syndrome
Piriformis Syndrome Specialist
Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat piriformis syndrome:
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