Piriformis Syndrome – in-clinic modalities and treatment
Piriformis syndrome results from the compression of the sciatic nerve by the piriformis muscle. This is often attributed to either piriformis muscle inflammation, spasm, or contracture, and can cause low back pain, pain in the gluteal region, or pain down the back of the leg. During your time in the clinic, your therapist will assign you a series of stretches to stretch any tight hip musculature, exercises for hip and trunk strengthening, as well as postural education to address any postural contributors to your piriformis muscle tightness.
The following is what your PT sessions might look like:
- Moist heat warm-up musculature and increase circulation to prepare for exercise.
- Hip and lower extremity sustained stretching for mobility.
- Weight-bearing and seated therapeutic exercises designed to strengthen muscles of the hip and leg.
- Soft tissue mobilization to piriformis muscle and any other lower extremity musculature that have become tight and overactive.
- Electrical stimulation (similar to TENS) with an ice pack to help with pain relief and manage inflammation.
Disclaimer: The information in this blog is intended to be informational only, and is not intended to be used in lieu of medical care. Consult a doctor or a physical therapist before attempting treatment on your own.
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