Piriformis syndrome is a common health condition. It causes pain and affects a person’s mobility. Chiropractic care is a safe, all-natural option for treating piriformis pain and preventing the problem from developing into a chronic condition.
Your piriformis muscle is a flat, narrow muscle that runs from your lower spine down through your glute muscles to the tops of your thighs. It extends on the right and left sides of your body and is affected by just about every movement you perform. This means if it’s injured, it can trigger pain no matter what you do.
Closely related to the piriformis muscle is the sciatic nerve. The nerve runs under the muscle from the spinal cord, through the buttocks, and all the way down the legs to the feet. It’s your body’s longest muscle. Because they are so closely located in the body, many people confuse sciatic pain with piriformis muscle pain and vice versa.
Problems with the piriformis muscle are called piriformis syndrome. It occurs when the muscle compresses the sciatic nerve. This causes inflammation and pain, numbness, or a combination of the two. It can occur on one or both sides of the body.
Sciatic nerve pain and piriformis syndrome are similar and linked, but they are different. Sciatic is caused by spinal stenosis or a herniated disc. Most people experience pain in the lower back that radiates down the leg when they have sciatic pain. Piriformis syndrome, on the other hand, is caused by the muscle pressing on the nerve. Both conditions feel similar, but sciatic is a more specific problem.
Piriformis syndrome symptoms include any of the following sensations in the buttocks, hips, or upper legs:
Symptoms tend to worsen after sitting for long periods, climbing stairs, or walking or running.
Chiropractic care is one of the most effective ways to ease pain naturally. It supports the body’s natural healing ability and allows a full recovery without medication or surgery.
Chiropractic adjustments are the primary tool chiropractors use during treatment. Chiropractic treatment helps when you are suffering from piriformis syndrome by:
In addition to professional massage, you can also use massage at home to treat piriformis syndrome. For example:
There are several physical therapy exercises that help with piriformis syndrome, including:
Piriformis pain usually eases within a few weeks. Mild pain might resolve within just a few days. If there is a great deal of inflammation, swelling, or irritation, it can take several days or weeks to ease up, even with treatment. The condition can also develop into a chronic problem if not treated properly.
Even after acute pain eases, it’s a good idea to perform maintenance exercises to prevent the issue from returning.
There are several things you can do at home in addition to working with your chiropractor. For example:
Piriformis syndrome isn’t a severe condition, but the pain can interfere with your daily life. For some people, the condition is so uncomfortable it’s debilitating. Chiropractic care not only helps ease the acute pain of piriformis syndrome but also prevents the condition from returning.
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