Piriformis Syndrome

Overview
This is a pain and numbness you feel in your
buttock and down the back of your leg. It involves
the sciatic nerve. That's a large nerve that travels
from your lower spine down to your foot.


Causes
This syndrome is caused by a problem with a small
muscle deep within your buttock. It's called the
"piriformis" muscle. The sciatic nerve runs just
beneath it. If you irritate or damage your piriformis
muscle, it may spasm or swell. This puts pressure
on the sciatic nerve.


Symptoms
The main symptom of piriformis syndrome is
sciatica. That's pain, weakness, numbness or
tingling in your buttock and leg. It can radiate from
your lower back all the way down to your foot. It
may be hard for you to sit comfortably. Your pain
may get worse when you are active.


Treatment
Initial treatment options include rest, ice and heat, and
medications. Stretches and exercises can help, too.
A Fellowship trained and Board Certified Physician such as Dr. Ghalambor is the right healthcare provider to consult in order to create a plan that's right for you. The first step usually is to confirm the accurate diagnosis by performing a diagnostic injection of the piriformis muscle under ultrasound or fluoroscopic guidance.  

Watch the video description below

Piriformis Syndrome explained by Dr. Ghalambor

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