Piriformus syndrome is a condition that causes the sciatic nerve to be irritated or compressed by the piriformis muscle. It is a deep muscle in the buttocks that is primarily responsible for rotating the leg outwards. It can irritate the sciatic nerve because of stiffness, tightness, overuse or strain of the piriformis muscle, or as a result of the mechanics or structure of the piriformis area.
In most people, the sciatic nerve passes underneath the piriformis muscle so damage to the piriformis can potentially cause symptoms in the sciatic nerve. A small amount of the population has their sciatic nerve pass through, or split, the piriformis muscle.
The piriformis muscle originates on the anterior surface of the sacrum (tail bone) and sacrotuberous ligament and passes through the greater sciatic foramen. It inserts on the outer side of greater trochanter at the top of leg bone.
- Pain, tingling or numbness that radiates through the lower back, buttocks, and down the back of the leg possibly as far as the foot
- Pain starts slowly and worsens after standing, sitting, bending backward, walking or sleeping at night
- Difficulty walking, bending and or sitting
- Weakened muscles in the hip and/or leg
Risks and Causes
- Short leg syndrome
- Wearing high heels
- Poor posture
- A sharp blow or injury to the lower back or buttock area causing injury to the pelvis
- Overcompensating for other injuries in the knee (ACL injury), lower leg (shin splints), ankle (sprain) or hip (bursitis)
- Having tight hip flexors
- Running, cycling or other activities that require repetitive forward leg motions
Treating Piriformis Syndrome
Your doctor will do a physical examination and may order an MRI and/or other tests to determine your diagnosis. An MRI will be able to identify if the piriformis muscle is irritated or inflamed and if it is acting on the sciatic nerve.
It is important to rule out that a herniated disc is not causing compression on the sciatic nerve. Your doctor may do some range of motion exercises, or assess your gait (how you walk). Your doctor will determine if certain medications may be appropriate and if physical therapy is required.
Treating the pain of piriforis syndrome can be helpful to manage the pain but treating the source of the compression will result in faster sciatica relief.
Inferno Wrap® Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy
Blood flow stimulation therapy, or BFST®, should be used over your lumbar region and lower back to improve blood flow and nourish soft tissue. Your body needs a fresh supply of blood to improve the health of your tissue and treat the muscle strain or irritation to relieve the compression of your sciatic nerve.
Unfortunately, when you are suffering from sciatica it can be painful to even walk or lift your leg. When you limit movement in your hip the blood flow is reduced, starving your tissue of the necessary oxygen and nutrients.
The trick is to find a way to increase blood flow to your piriformis muscle without causing pain and/or further inflaming the muscle or discs. This is where blood flow stimulation therapy, or BFST®, becomes a powerful tool.
BFST® compliments your body's natural healing process by promoting blood flow while you give your sciatic nerve the rest it needs.
The Hip/Back Inferno Wrap® uses a patented process to generate the same energy that is part of the sun's spectrum of light, the same energy that is necessary to all living things for optimum health. The energy emitted from the Energy Web® stimulates blood flow to your lower back muscles and hip, more than your body would ever be able to generate on it's own, giving your body the boost it needs to keep your piriformis muscle as healthy as possible and reduce the risk of irritation and inflammation. The soothing energy reaches deep into your body to whisk away the toxins and dead cells, and rejuvenate your muscle tissues for improved elasticity.
Freezie Wrap® Cold Therapy
If you are experiencing referred pain above the knee or in your lower leg caused by the compression of your sciatic nerve, cold compression therapy can provide some relief. The cooling sensation along with the compression can help to numb the nerves to help alleviate the pain. However, treatment of the location of the compression is most important to treat the source of this referred pain.
Applying cold compression wherever you are experiencing pain will help. The Back/Hip Freezie Wrap® is versatile and can be used to treat your lower back, hip or leg. It's unique supercharged cooling gel pack, chills in the fridge, not in the freezer like ice or other freezer packs, giving you deep cold therapy without the risk of 'cold burns' or cryoburn.
Treat your sciatica pain with cold compression therapy as needed throughout the day. The Back/Hip Freezie Wrap® can be used to apply cold in a safe, convenient and effective way - and the gel pack is reusable.
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