The piriformis muscle is found deep in the buttock, starting in the low part of the spine and connecting to the upper part of the femur. The function of this muscle is to rotate your hip and turn your leg and foot outward. When this muscle spasms, encroaching upon the adjacent sciatic nerve, the resulting condition is known as piriformis syndrome. If you are experiencing a dull ache in the buttock or a sciatic pain running down the back of your leg, which may get worse when you walk up an incline or sit for a prolonged period of time, you may have piriformis syndrome.
It’s difficult to determine the causes behind piriformis syndrome. In most cases, it is likely due to an injury in the piriformis that causes the muscle to bleed or become irritated, swollen, or excessively tight. Whatever the cause may be, a patient struggling with the condition can likely benefit from some stretching exercises. Try lying face up with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor. Grab your right knee with your left hand and pull it toward your chest until you can feel a stretch. Hold this position for as long as you are comfortable, then switch sides.
You may also benefit from professional treatment. Consult Nu Star’s Edmonds chiropractic to learn more.