Trying to find succinct info on piriformus syndrome...what is it? How did I get it? What do I do about it? Why hasn't my doctor suggested it? Is treatment covered by insurance and what is the treatment? Are there exercises for it?
Thanks so much!!
The Piriformis muscle is located deep in your butt. It is a hip rotator, and it lives on the inside of the sacrum, so it turns out that it is a S/I joint muscle as well.
In females, due to pregnancy, it is not uncommon to get an S/I joint dysfunction, which often involves the piriformis muscle. The muscle is important because the sciatic nerve passes nearby, and sometimes through the muscle.
It is not an uncommon disorder, usually manifests with unilateral pain in the butt. Ice, stretching and butt strengthening strategies help, as well as soft tissue work directed at the ITB, which is often tight...We do a lot of work with people who suffer from piriformis syndrome, so it should be covered...check if your insurance covers physical therapy, just a thought, you probably need a doctors prescription to get reimbursement though.