Piriformis Syndrome (sciatic nerve compression)

What is Piriformis Syndrome (sciatic nerve compression)?

Piriformis Syndrome (sciatic nerve compression) is a neuromuscular disorder that occurs when the sciatic nerve is compressed within the piriformis muscle. The piriformis muscle is a narrow muscle located in the buttocks and if it the piriformis muscle becomes tight or cramps it can put pressure on the sciatic nerve which passed under the piriformis muscle.

What are the Symptoms of Piriformis Syndrome?

Compression of the sciatic nerve causes pain that is frequently described as burning, tingling or numbness-in the lower back, buttocks and along the nerve often down to the leg and sometimes to the feet. Pain may worsen as a result of sitting for a long period of time, bike riding, climbing stairs, walking or running. Piriformis Syndrome is one of the causes of sciatica.

What are the Treatments for Piriformis Syndrome?

Depending on the severity of Piriformis Syndrome it can be treated with rest and measures to reduce inflammation of the piriformis muscle and the sciatic nerve. Treatments include piriformis muscle stretching exercises, physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medications and pain medications. Failure of conservative treatments may lead to injections and surgical treatment.

Neurologists at our office include Interventional Pain Management Specialists who diagnosis and treat patients with Piriformis Syndrome (sciatic nerve compression). Dr. Jordan and Dr. Chang diagnosis and treat patients who suffer with Piriformis Syndrome. If you suffer from Piriformis Syndrome, or sciatic nerve pain, and need a specialist contact one of our neurologists to schedule an appointment 310-829-5968