Piriformis syndrome is when the piriformis muscle (muscle located in the pelvic region that sits around the hip joint) compresses or irritates the sciatic nerve, causing serious pain.
This syndrome can also cause of sciatica.
Piriformis syndrome is very common among athletes and physically active people due to repetitive rotation and movement of the hip and extensive femur extension.
Aside from pain around the hip bone, patients with this condition may also experience severe discomfort when:
- Sitting for long periods of time
- Climbing stairs
- Walking steep inclines
- Applying pressure directly to the piriformis muscle
- Having sex
- Computerized TOmography (CT) scans
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to show detailed images of the body
- Electromyography (EMG) to test the electrical activities happening in the muscles
If the basic conservative methods do not ease the pain, doctors may recommend patients to use piriformis injection. This injection contains corticosteroid and local anesthetic and is directly injected to the piriformis muscle to quickly reduce pain and spasm. The objective of the injection is mainly to help patients keep their muscles stretched and relaxed during their physical therapy.
Burak Ozgur, MD can address piriformis syndrome with holistic and minimally invasive procedures or request an appointment for consultation by calling (949) 383-4190 or toll free 888-64-SPINE or Contact Us ➲.