If you have mystery sciatic pain, a chiropractor is your best bet for diagnosing it. Often, they’ll be able to narrow down the trouble to piriformis syndrome after a full assessment. This can include radiological imaging, range of motion tests, physical assessment, and more.
What type of doctor can diagnose piriformis syndrome?
Diagnosing and treating the culprit
To identify the source of the disorder, an osteopathic physician will manipulate the body to elicit pain in the region, which can help determine if it’s a contracted or tender piriformis muscle, a herniated disc or other issue.
Is there a test for piriformis syndrome?
There are currently no scientifically backed tests to diagnose piriformis syndrome. Healthcare professionals often make the diagnosis by examining your medical history and using a series of physical tests to rule out conditions like sciatica, a lumbar sprain, or a disc injury.
How do you know if you’ve got piriformis syndrome?
Symptoms of piriformis syndrome
- numbness and tingling in the buttocks that may extend down the back of the leg.
- tenderness of the muscles in the buttocks.
- difficulty sitting comfortably.
- pain while sitting that gets worse the longer you sit.
- pain in the buttocks and legs that worsens with activity.
What can mimic piriformis syndrome?
Sciatica is typically caused by pinching of the nerve at the piriformis or hamstrings muscles. Similarly, a herniated disc or a bone spur (which is a bony overgrowth) on your spine which compresses the sciatic nerve can also mimic these symptoms.
What is the fastest way to fix piriformis syndrome?
While medications, such as pain relievers, muscle relaxants, and anti-inflammatory drugs may be recommended, the mainstay of treatment for piriformis syndrome is physical therapy, exercise, and stretching. Specific treatments may include: adjustments in gait. improved mobility of sacroiliac joints.
How do I relax my piriformis muscle?
1. Simple Seated Stretch
- Start by sitting in a chair and cross your sore leg over the knee of your other leg.
- While keeping your spine straight, bend your chest forward. If you don’t feel pain, bend forward a little more.
- Hold this position for about 30 seconds.
- Repeat this stretch with your other leg.
What does a tight piriformis muscle feel like?
Piriformis syndrome usually starts with pain, tingling, or numbness in the buttocks as a result of the sciatic nerve being compressed. The pain tends to be triggered when climbing stairs or sitting for long periods of time perhaps at work or while driving.
What does piriformis muscle pain feel like?
Most commonly, patients describe acute tenderness in the buttock and sciatica-like pain down the back of the thigh, calf and foot. Typical piriformis syndrome symptoms may include: A dull ache in the buttock. Pain down the back of the thigh, calf and foot (sciatica)
How should I sleep with piriformis muscle pain?
If your doctor has diagnosed you with piriformis syndrome the best position is to lay on your back—Lay with a pillow under your knees and a circular object (such as a rolled up towel) under your low back for support. Click here for stretches that help alleviate piriformis syndrome.
What is the best exercise for piriformis syndrome?
- Lie on your back with your legs straight.
- Lift your affected leg and bend your knee. With your opposite hand, reach across your body, and then gently pull your knee toward your opposite shoulder.
- Hold the stretch for 15 to 30 seconds.
- Repeat with your other leg.
- Repeat 2 to 4 times on each side.