Recently, I've had a quite a few patients come into the clinic with debilitating pain…in the butt!
I thought it was a good time to talk about my little friend, the piriformis muscle. The piriformis muscle is one of only three muscles connecting the legs to the spine. When this muscle becomes tight or spasms, it can cause serious pain in the buttock region and actually refer pain/tightness/tingling into the hip or down the leg, mimicking sciatic nerve pain.
This happens because the sciatic nerve passes through or under the piriformis muscle. The nerve can become compressed and irritated from sliding on the tight muscle. This repeated movement causes friction and the nerve becomes inflamed, leading to the sharp pain and tingling felt down the leg causing piriformis syndrome.
Piriformis syndrome can occur when doing prolonged and repeated movements such as running and sitting for a long time. Patients will also complain of pain with hip flexion, bringing the leg across the body or turning the leg inward. They also tend to avoid putting pressure through the sore side of the buttocks.
- Mobilizing the hip joint to gain pain free movement
- Soft tissue release to reduce pain and spasm in the piriformis muscle
- Stretching program for muscle length and flexibility
- Hip strengthening exercises to help stabilize the hip, pelvis and the spine
- Strategies to help prevent or reduce symptoms associated with piriformis syndrome such as sitting, biking, walking and running posture.
So let us take a closer look and we can guide you individually on how to get rid of your PAIN IN THE BUTT!!