Piriformis syndrome is a rare sports injury that happens in people who make a lot of repetitive motions with their legs, like runners for example. Your piriformis is a small muscle deep within the buttock that keeps your hips and pelvis stable during activity. When the piriformis gets worn out from overuse, it tightens up, causing painful cramping, or spasms.
At Aurora Health Care, we offer deep experience in helping runners overcome piriformis syndrome. Your care includes a meticulous evaluation, which helps you get an accurate diagnosis. And treatments often include nonsurgical options, like physical therapy. You can trust our experts to help you get back to the activities you love.
It can be disheartening when injuries like piriformis syndrome disrupt your active lifestyle. Sports medicine experts at Aurora understand this and work hard to quickly get to the source of your pain so you can get on the road to recovery.
Highlights of our program include:
Most people with piriformis syndrome experience pain, numbness or a tingling sensation along their backside. In some cases, simple motions can trigger a jolt of pain that stops you in your tracks.
These motions include:
We perform a complete exam to get your treatment off on the right track. Find out more about orthopedic diagnosis at Aurora.
Your exam will also include a careful evaluation to rule out other conditions affecting the legs and lower back, including:
The first step in treating piriformis syndrome is rest. We let you know how long you need to rest before it is medically safe to move forward with other treatments.
The treatments that are right for you depend on the severity of the injury and the activities you enjoy doing. We plan treatments to help you make a smooth transition back to your favorite activities.
Your treatment may include:
We also offer special services to prevent symptoms of piriformis syndrome from coming back.
These services include: