Piriformis syndrome is a painful condition in which the piriformis muscle compresses against the sciatic nerve. Symptoms usually begin mild and include tingling along with mild pain in the hip and buttocks. If piriformis syndrome is left untreated, however, it can lead to debilitating pain and limited mobility. The good news is the chiropractic care may offer some relief for piriformis syndrome-related pain and discomfort.
For a better understanding of this condition, you must first look at the piriformis muscle. Basically, the piriformis muscle rests at the top of the buttocks and is responsible for thigh mobility and hip stabilization. Without this key muscle, we wouldn’t have full mobility of our core and lower body. The sciatic nerve actually runs through the piriformis muscle, extending all the way down to the feet. Normally, the piriformis muscle and the sciatic nerve function properly without any need for concern, but in some cases the piriformis muscle will compress against the nerve, resulting in this condition.
Athletes are at a greater risk for developing piriformis syndrome due to the constant movement of the piriformis muscle. Working out the legs and hip (running, jogging, cycling, etc.) without performing the lateral strengthening exercises leads to weak hip abductors. In turn, this shortens the piriformis muscle while greatly increasing the risk of piriformis syndrome. Athletes can prevent this from happening by incorporating lateral strength training exercises into their workout routine. Side lunges with a pair of dumbbells or resistance bands are excellent exercises which are sure to build stronger lateral muscles.
Foot overpronation is another common cause of piriformis syndrome. This forces the knee to turn to medially, which in turn places a greater strain on the piriformis muscle. And lastly, physical trauma and injury may lead to piriformis syndrome. There have been numerous cases of individuals developing piriformis syndrome after being in an automobile accident. If enough ‘blunt’ force is placed on the piriformis muscle, it may compress against the sciatic nerve.
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) are known to offer some temporary relief for piriformis syndrome, but unfortunately this really only masks the condition. In order to actually treat the root cause of piriformis syndrome, you must look into other options.
Professional chiropractors are fully trained in re-harmonizing the body through manual manipulations and skeletal adjustments. If a misaligned bone is forcing extra pressure on the piriformis muscle, you may see notice relief of your condition through chiropractic care. A professional chiropractor will sit down and discuss your condition to determine the best course of action.
The goal in treating piriformis syndrome is to remove pressure from the sciatic nerve. When this nerve is compressed, pain, tingling and limited mobility occur. A chiropractor will perform a physical examination of your lower back and hips to identify where exactly the compression is occurring. Depending on the severity of your condition, they may recommend a series of adjustments along with a light tissue massage to help alleviate pressure on the sciatic nerve.
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