What is Piriformis Syndrome?
Piriformis syndrome is a condition which causes spasms, located in the buttock region. The piriformis muscle can also aggravate the nearby sciatic nerve and cause pain, numbness, and tingling along the back of the leg and into the foot. It gets worse after sitting for a long time, climbing stairs, walking or running.
Common causes of Piriformis Syndrome
Piriformis Syndrome is caused when the sciatic nerve is compressed when it passes through the buttock. When the sciatic nerve is compressed and aggravated, the individual will experience piriformis syndrome.
Common symptoms of Piriformis Syndrome
- Pain in the buttock or hip area
- Radiating pain from the buttock area down
- Numbness and tingling in the buttock area
- Pain with bowel movements
- Tenderness in the buttock area when pressure is applied
When to seek medical help for piriformis Syndrome?
- Pain while sitting or running
- Pain while climbing stairs
- Pain while sitting for a prolonged period