What is Piriformis Syndrome? Piriformis Syndrome occurs when the piriformis muscle, located in the buttocks, spasms and irritates the sciatic nerve. This can cause pain, numbness, and tingling in the buttocks and down the leg.
- Conservative: Physical therapy to stretch and strengthen the muscle, heat or ice therapy.
- Medications: Muscle relaxants and pain relievers.
- Minimally Invasive Injections: Botox or steroid injections to relax the muscle and reduce pressure on the nerve.
- Q: Can Piriformis Syndrome be cured?
A: With proper treatment, most individuals recover fully, but ongoing care may be needed to prevent recurrence.
- Q: What activities should I avoid with Piriformis Syndrome?
A: Activities that strain the buttocks should be avoided; a physiatrist can provide specific guidance.
- Q: How long does it take to recover from Piriformis Syndrome?
A: Recovery time varies, but many see improvement within weeks with a physiatrist's care.