Piriformis syndrome is one of the most common causes of sciatica and is quite literally, a pain in the butt!!
This small muscle that resides deep in the buttock helps stabilise and rotate the hip. Unfortunately, the sciatic nerve passes either underneath, or in some cases, through the belly of this muscle. When this muscle gets tight or goes into spasm then it can apply pressure to the sciatic nerve creating sciatic pain. This will radiate pain pain into the buttock, back of the thigh, calf and even foot. Often misdiagnosed as slipped disc, this simple, yet very painful condition is easily resolved with manual therapy.
Our physiotherapists, osteopaths, chiropractors and sports massage therapists all use the skills shown in this video to help speed up recovery.
This video gives further information on how to locate the piriformis muscle and to test whether you have piriformis syndrome. A simple home exercise can help further relieve the pain and promote a faster recovery.