Piriformis Syndrome

Piriformis Syndrome and Sciatica

Piriformis Syndrome is the most common cause of sciatic pain and is created when pressure is placed on the sciatic nerve by the piriformis muscle.

Piriformis Cross Section

Most Common Causes of Piriformis Syndrome

The two most likely causes of Piriformis Syndrome are when the Piriformis muscle is tight and inflamed and continuously irritates the Sciatic nerve or the position of the pelvis is incorrect. Muscle imbalances pull the hip joints and pelvis out of place and this change of position typically shortens and tightens the piriformis muscle, which then places pressure on the sciatic nerve.

When your pelvis is not in the proper position the path of the Sciatic nerve is going to have abnormal contact with the Piriformis muscle and thus be irritated and cause pain. I mentioned that there are two main causes of Piriformis Syndrome. Failure to address both of these causes (the tight Piriformis muscle and then the abnormal position of the pelvis) is going to lead to frustration and prolonged suffering.

What DOESN’T WORK for Piriformis Syndrome

Many people are negligibly told by their physician that painkillers will help with this condition. These pills WILL NEVER address the structural reasons why you are in pain. In fact, they may numb the pain and enable the problem to continue to get worse. Understand that even if these pills make you feel a little better, the relief is temporary. Not to mention the toll these prescription pills can take on your body.

Look for an all natural anti-inflammatory if you want to address the inflammation.

What to do if you have been diagnosed with Piriformis Syndrome

  1. Begin by identifying any repetitious movements that you may be doing that may be contributing to this condition. By now, you know that most likely your piriformis muscle is too tight or your pelvis is not in the proper position. *Repetitious movements often lead to Piriformis Syndrome - ie. Lifting the same leg over a baby gate, Cycling for extended periods of time (which over develops parts of the leg muscles) Holding a baby on one hip for long periods of time.
  2. Stretch the Piriformis Muscle - If you are in a lot of pain now, you may want to rest for 24-48 hrs before trying Piriformis stretches as your body is inflamed. Once you feel the pain subside and mobility return, begin stretching the impacted Piriformis muscle. If you do not know which stretches to do, request a FREE copy of our Sciatica Relief Guide. We demonstrate how to stretch the piriformis properly in this guide.
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