The piriformis muscle rotates the leg outward. Overuse of this muscle may cause it to spasm or become tight causing pressure on the sciatic nerve. Consequently, pain may radiate down the leg on the same side.
What is it?
Piriformis Syndrome is the compression of the sciatic nerve due to a tight piriformis muscle.
Common Signs & Symptoms:
Common symptoms include sharp pain and tenderness in the buttocks, pain such as numbness, tingling, or pins and needles in the leg, and limited hip range of motion.
Assessment methods involve evaluating pain levels and location, testing strength and range of motion limitations, palpation for tender points, and collecting a thorough patient history to determine the mechanism of injury.
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