Piriformis Syndrome (also spelled Pyriformis Syndrome) is a very specific type of low back and leg pain that often mimics sciatica. In this case, the sciatic nerve is not pinched by the structures of the lower spine, but instead squeezed or affected by a very tight piriformis muscle. The piriformis muscle is found deep in the buttock, helping to attach the thigh bone to the hip bone.
Clinically, piriformis syndrome is often seen in conjunction with sacroiliac dysfunction. A good evaluation of your sciatic pain should incorporate a thorough orthopedic examination of your hips and sacroiliac joints. Also, a proper study of your biomechanics should also reveal whether your hip problems are caused by issues in your knees, ankles, or low back. Dr. Johnson will search for the cause of your sciatica.
If your diagnosis is piriformis syndrome, there are many ways in which you can find relief in the chiropractic office. The most important step is to ensure that your muscles, bones, and nerves are maintaining a proper relationship to each other. This can often be corrected by the chiropractic adjustment. The gentle Activator Methods adjustment is excellent at not causing additional aggravation to your already painful legs.
Dr. Johnson will also demonstrate and perform appropriate stretches and exercises for you. Not everyone can perform some of the more popular piriformis stretches, because they require a high amount of flexibility. Dr. Johnson will tailor your rehabilitation to your abilities and desires. He will also monitor your activity level during your treatment.
Additional therapies that may help reduce your pain include cold laser therapy, ultrasound therapy, electric stimulation therapy, and muscle relaxants. Be sure to ask Dr. Johnson about these alternatives when scheduling a consultation.
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