Piriformis Syndrome (Sciatica)
The piriformis is a deep muscle which helps in rotation of the hip.
The sciatic nerve often passes close to or through the piriformis muscle. This means that when the muscle is tight it puts pressure on the sciatic nerve. This causes sciatica, which is characterised as pain in the buttocks, running down the back of the thigh or down the whole leg. Because of these symptoms piriformis syndrome can be mistaken for a slipped disc. Diagnosis by x-ray helps to distinguish the two conditions.
Untreated piriformis syndrome / sciatica can result in partial paralysis and muscle wasting.
Complementary therapy for piriformis syndrome by myofascial release and advanced massage therapy includes work on the muscles and soft tissues of the hips, buttocks & upper leg, including the piriformis itself.
The Pain Care Clinic specialises in myofascial release and advanced massage therapy for private clients with medical diagnoses of chronic pain conditions and acute pain or injuries.
The information on these pages is intended to be general information only.
If you are unsure about your own medical diagnosis or options for medical treatment then please consult a doctor.