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Piriformis Syndrome

This is a pain and numbness you feel in your buttock and down the back of your leg. It involves the sciatic nerve. That's a large nerve that travels from your lower spine down to your foot.

Our six (6) non-surgical physicans most commonly diagnose piriformis syndrome from a physical examination and x-rays.

This syndrome is caused by a problem with a small muscle deep within your buttock. It called the “piriformis” muscle. The sciatic nerve runs just beneath it. If you irritate or damage your piriformis muscle, it may spasm or swell. This puts pressure on the sciatic nerve.

The main symptom of piriformis syndrome is sciatica. That’s pain, weakness, numbness or tingling in your buttock and leg. It can radiate from your lower back all the way down to your foot. It may be hard for you to sit comfortably. Your pain may get worse when you are active.

Treatment options included rest, ice and heat, medications and physical therapy. Your healthcare provider can create a plan that’s right for you.

Our non-surgical sports medicine physicians can create a plan that is right for you. For more information, contact Andrews Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center at (205) 939-3699 and ask to speak with one of our non-surgical physician appointment schedulers.