Piriformis Syndrome Treatment Options...
Piriformis Syndrome Treatment Options
A life spent on the sidelines isn’t much of a life at all. So if Piriformis Syndrome is affecting your ability to do the things you love, it’s time to take action. There are many piriformis syndrome treatment options to consider, and only you and your doctor will be able to decide which is right for you.
First, let’s look at the syndrome itself. When you have Piriformis Syndrome, the piriformis muscle, which is located in the upper part of your buttocks, is damaged in some way. It may be inflamed or contracting uncontrollably, but it is definitely putting pressure on your sciatic nerve. How do you know this? Well, the pain and radiating numbness is pretty unmistakable. So, let’s get back to piriformis treatment options.
Physical Therapy – Physical therapy is a common treatment for Piriformis Syndrome, and it involves a long-term commitment. The ultimate goal is to free the sciatic nerve from compression that is causing problems. A variety of techniques may be used. A chiropractor may also be consulted.
Stretching –Stretching is often done under the supervision of physical therapists, but it can also be done at home as part of a Piriformis Syndrome treatment plan. The challenge that many people face when stretching at home is that it can be difficult to know whether you’re actually targeting the right muscle with your stretch. That’s why we developed the Piri-Stretcher®. This exercise tool was designed to help people make the most of their efforts by safely stretching their piriformis muscle.
Botox – No, we’re not trying to restore the buttocks to its youthful appearance. Botox injections are often used to treat sports-related injuries. But it’s important to note that Botox isn’t a cure. It’s more like a bandage. About two weeks after the injection, you should experience some temporary pain relief that may last for a few months. There is some question as to whether muscle strength is altered in the process, though, so this piriformis treatment option isn’t usually a first choice.
Surgery – Surgery is used as a last resort to treat this condition because of its invasive nature. The surgeon starts by splitting the largest buttocks muscle, the gluteus maximus, and cuts the piriformis tendon. In some cases, a piece of the piriformis muscle is removed. This kind of altering of your muscle can lead to strength and balance issues. For some, it may be deemed necessary, but it is definitely not even a consideration for many sufferers.