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Piriformis Syndrome

What Is Piriformis Syndrome?

Piriformis syndrome is a condition that affects the piriformis muscle, which is a band of muscle located deep in the buttocks near the hip joint. It runs from the base of the spine to the top of the thighbone and helps to rotate your leg outward when walking or running. When this muscle becomes inflamed or irritated due to overuse or strain, it can lead to pain in the buttock and hip as well pressure on the sciatic nerve causing sciatica (nerve
pain radiating down one leg).

The thing to understand about piriformis syndrome is that it is very difficult to detect using the standard test methods typical of lower back pain diagnosis, which is why the syndrome is often misdiagnosed by GPs as regular sciatica. However, an experienced chiropractor will know how to locate the piriformis and determine whether it is the source of pain or not. Fortunately, piriformis syndrome is very easily treated with chiropractic adjustments. Most patients suffering from the condition enjoy complete relief under the care of a trained
chiropractor.

Chiropractic care is an effective way to treat many musculoskeletal issues, including piriformis syndrome.
We will use adjustments to loosen the lower back and pelvic joints to encourage the piriformis to relax, thus relieving the pressure on the sciatic nerve. We also use deep muscle massage techniques to compliment the adjustments made and patients will be shown how the stretch the piriformis muscle at home.

Chiropractors are also trained in lifestyle modifications that can help reduce your risk for developing piriformis syndrome in the future. For example, we may recommend avoiding activities that put excessive strain on your lower back such as lifting heavy objects or running long distances on hard surfaces. We may also suggest incorporating exercise into your routine that works on strengthening core muscles which can provide extra support for your spine and hips.

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