Best Stretches for Piriformis Syndrome

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Piriformis Syndrome can literally be a pain-in-the-butt. The piriformis muscle is one of the deeper muscles in the hip and typcially presents as pain either in the buttock or pain that radiates from the buttock into the lower leg.

Piriformis Syndrome is a unusual cause of low back, buttock and/or posterior thigh pain due to either compression and irritation of the sciatic nerve by the piriformis muscle in the hip or by tightness and muscle spasm of the piriformis muscle.

In some cases, the pain from piriformis syndrome can be very similar to sciatica or the pain from a herniated disc, however most cases of piriformis syndrome, the pain in the leg is localized to the posterior or back of the thigh and not down the entire leg.

Often times, Piriformis Syndrome can mimic sciatica and lumbar radiculopathy, although the cause of the pain in Piriformis Syndrome is irritation of the sciatic nerve by the piriformis muscle and not from hernation or impingement of a lumbar vertebral disc as in lumbar radiculopathy.

Piriformis Syndrome can also be confused with a hamstring strain, since in many cases of proximal hamstring injuries, there is pain at the origin of the hamstrings muscle from the ishial tuberosity of the pelvis.

One of the best stretches for the Piriformis muscle is shown in the following video