Is It Piriformis Syndrome?
syndrome is sometimes used as a catchall diagnosis for pain in the back
of the hip or buttocks. Whether it truly is caused by the piriformis,
or some other type of injury, this type of hip pain can be a huge
problem with athletes and active people.
The most common symptom of this injury is pain
along the back side of your hip and buttocks that radiates down into
Hip pain in the back may or may not be
a piriformis problem. The symptoms that set this injury apart from
hip problems are those of numbness and tingling.
piriformis syndrome occurs when the piriformis muscle compresses or
irritates the sciatic nerve as it runs alongside the muscle. This nerve
irritation causes numbness, tingling, and pain along the back of the
These neurological symptoms are what
differentiate true piriformis injury from other types of hip problems.
The most common cause of this
injury is tightness of the piriformis muscle.
of the close proximity of the sciatic nerve, tightness of the muscle
can cause irritation and increased compression of the nerve, resulting
in pain, numbness, and tingling.
are increased with activities, especially those that involve
contraction of the muscles.
They may also be
increased by sitting for long periods of time.
you are suffering from true piriformis problems, with numbness and
tingling, or you are simply having hip pain in the back of your hip,
stretching of the piriformis muscle can help reduce your pain. Piriformis stretching
effectively reduce the tension on the muscle and reduce the irritation
of the nerve.
Application of ice may also help to
reduce your pain. Ice packs
or ice massage
is an effective way to
apply ice for this injury.
You should see your
doctor if you are having hip pain, especially if it includes numbness
or tingling that radiates down your leg. This can be a sign of
piriformis injury, but may also indicate other problems, like low
is an irritation of the nerve in the back of your leg that causes pain,
numbness, and tingling in the back of the hip and thigh. Stretching of
the piriformis muscle, as well as the use of ice may help to reduce
your symptoms. Because of the nature of this injury, you should see
your physician to make sure you know exactly what is causing your pain
and that you are not overlooking another more serious injury.
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