Piriformis Syndrome Treatment in San Leandro
The piriformis muscles are located in the pelvic area and provide extensive support for hip and leg function. The two muscles connect the lower spine to the top of each femur. You use the piriformis muscles every time you move your legs, especially when lifting the legs for climbing stairs or running. When either of these muscles are injured, they can press against the sciatic nerve and cause symptoms of piriformis syndrome and hip pain. If you need piriformis syndrome treatment in San Leandro, CA, come visit us at Allied Pain & Spine Institute.
Symptoms of Piriformis Syndrome
Piriformis syndrome and sciatica symptoms are linked due to the close proximity of the piriformis muscle and sciatic nerve. Under each piriformis muscle is the sciatic nerve as it travels through the pelvis and hip region. When the piriformis muscles press on the sciatic nerve, it can cause some sciatica symptoms. These are more localized in the hip area than sciatica caused by a lumbar spine disorder. Symptoms include:
- Hip pain
- Numbness or tingling in the buttock region
- Weakness in the hip or leg
- Shooting pain or burning sensation down the leg
What Causes Piriformis Syndrome?
If the piriformis muscles are inflamed, they can put pressure on the sciatic nerve. This can occur when the piriformis muscle is strained or injured, usually from overexertion when walking, running or climbing stairs. Muscle spasms can also cause this condition, as well as routinely sitting for long periods.
To relieve the symptoms of piriformis syndrome, pressure needs to be released from the sciatic nerve. Depending on the underlying cause, treatments may include strengthening exercises, physical therapy, steroid injections, Botox® injections or medication management. Most cases of piriformis syndrome are temporary and can be effectively managed with non-surgical treatments.
If you have hip pain or leg weakness caused by an injured or inflamed piriformis muscle, there are treatments to give you relief. In the South Bay area, Allied Pain & Spine Institute offers piriformis syndrome diagnosis and treatment. Contact our medical center in San Leandro, CA, to schedule a consultation with one of our pain management specialists.