What to Do if You Suspect You Have Piriformis Syndrome...
What to Do if You Suspect You Have Piriformis Syndrome?
If you think you have Piriformis Syndrome, there’s a good chance you’re right. But there’s also a good chance you have Sciatica. Actually, you’d be surprised at how slim the chances are that something else is going on. That’s because when you have problems with your sciatic nerve, it’s pretty unmistakable. You might have pain, numbness or tingling in your lower back. The sensation may or may not radiate down your leg to your foot. There are a few things that can cause sciatica, and these sensations, and the treatment is different for each. So, if you suspect Piriformis Syndrome is at the root of your troubles, here are a few things you can do.
1. Visit your doctor. He or she will probably order an MRI or CT scan to see what’s going on with your spine, if anything. If there is any sort of visible compression, such as a herniated disc or disc degeneration, that is interfering with your spinal cord, you’ll be diagnosed with sciatica. If there are no visible signs of foul play present in your imaging scans, it is likely that you’re suffering from Piriformis Syndrome. This is when the muscle becomes inflamed or spasms and puts pressure on your sciatic nerve.
2. Do some at-home testing. If you have this syndrome, you’ll probably feel pain or numbness when you press on the piriformis muscle. It’s located at the top of your buttocks directly next to your hip bone.
3. Keep in mind that Piriformis Syndrome may not be the only problem. It is definitely possible, especially after you’ve sustained a back injury, that you have this syndrome and Sciatica. These cases are very difficult to identify, so if you’ve been diagnosed with sciatica, it’s wise to add piriformis stretching to your physical therapy routine.
4. Stretch the right muscle. Even if you’re not sure about whether you are suffering from Piriformis Syndrome, it probably won’t hurt to stretch. But of course, if your back does hurt when you stretch, you should see a doctor before attempting any at-home therapy. In most cases, stretching the muscle on a consistent basis will be all you need to treat Piriformis Syndrome.
If you do find out for sure that you have Piriformis Syndrome, don’t despair. It sounds a lot worse than it is. Actually, it’s probably the most treatable form of Sciatica, so you aren’t necessarily being faced with a life sentence. There are many ways you can stretch your piriformis muscle to make it stronger and less prone to spasms or injury. One way is with our patented Piri-Stretcher®. This patented exercise tool was designed to help you target the piriformis muscle with ease and optimum control, so you get the most out of your home therapy.