Pyriformis Syndrome Overview
Another name for Pyriformis Syndrome is Piriformis Syndrome.
What is piriformis syndrome?
A person with piriformis syndrome has irritation and inflammation of the sciatic nerve. The piriformis muscle is located deep in the buttock, next to the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve starts in the lower back and runs down the back of the leg. An inflamed, swollen piriformis muscle can place pressure on the sciatic nerve, causing it to become irritated and inflamed.
What are the symptoms of piriformis syndrome?
Symptoms of piriformis syndrome are similar to symptoms of sciatica. The most common symptom includes low back pain that spreads to the buttock and hip. Additional symptoms of piriformis syndrome include difficulty walking, foot numbness, foot weakness, leg numbness, leg pain, and leg weakness.
How does the doctor treat piriformis syndrome?
Treatment for piriformis syndrome may include rest, cold compresses, warm compresses, avoiding lifting, back stretching exercises, physical therapy, corticosteroids, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain.
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