Piriformis Syndrome causes pain in the buttock which radiates down the leg and is due to the Sciatic nerve being impinged by the piriformis muscle.
Piriformis syndrome symptoms:
Symptoms of Piriformis syndrome include tenderness or pain in the buttock muscle. The pain may radiate down the back of the leg into the hamstring muscles and sometimes even the calf muscles. It is common for pain to initially be confused with a hamstring strain or hamstring origin tendinopathy. However there will be no area in the hamstrings which is tender to touch. Reduced range of motion of the hip joint, especially into internal hip rotation is often seen.
What is Piriformis Syndrome?
Piriformis Syndrome Treatment
What can the athlete do?
What can a sports injury professional do?
Stretches for Piriformis
Sit on a chair, place one ankle over the opposite knee. Keeping a straight back, bend forwards. You should feel a stretch in the buttock of the bent leg.
Sit on the floor with legs straight in front of you, bend the right leg and place the foot flat on the floor to the outside of the left leg. Bring the right foot adjacent to the left knee. Keeping your upper body erect, twist the upper body to the right, pulling the right knee with your left hand.
Put your right hand behind you on the floor to help support your back. You should feel the stretch in the right buttock.
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