Piriformis Syndrome Is More Than Just a Pain in the Butt
The piriformis is a tiny, pear-shaped muscle deep in the glutes that helps laterally rotate the hip. If gets too tight, it can impinge the sciatica nerve that runs through or under it, causing tremendous pain, tingling and numbness through the glutes and into the lower leg.This condition is called piriformis syndrome.
Physical therapists in Los Angeles published a case report in the Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy on a 30 year old male with a 2-year history of piriformis syndrome.
A 3-month program that included 8 clinic visits with a daily home exercise program was prescribed. The exercise program included the use of elastic resistance bands and resistance band loops which can be very effective at reducing the symptoms of piriformis syndrome.
By strengthening the gluteus maximus, less stress is put on the piriformis, helping prevent any hip motion that may cause the piriformis to become strained and contract.
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