at Petersfield Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Clinic

Piriformis Syndrome

The piriformis muscle is one of the buttock muscles and is responsible for stability and rotation of the hip joint. It is located very close to the Sciatic Nerve and if the muscle becomes tight or injured and goes into spasm, it can compress the nerve. It is more common in sports involving strenuous leg activity in a sitting position e.g. rowing or cycling. The symptoms are similar to those of Sciatica and Piriformis syndrome can be confused with a slipped disc.

What can Petersfield Physio do to help Piriformis Syndrome?

Correct diagnosis is essential to ensure the right treatment is given. We can teach you specific strengthening and stretching exercises to make sure all the hip muscles are in balance. We can do deep tissue massage to release any tightness in the Piriformis and advise any changes to your training programme to avoid overuse injuries.