Piriformis Syndrome is neuromuscular condition involving the piriformis muscle and the sciatic nerve. The piriformis muscle sits under the gluteus muscles in the buttocks region of the body and can irritate and inflame the sciatic nerve, resulting in lower back pain, hip pain, and radiating pain down the leg. The condition can mimic other low back pain presentations and is not frequently diagnosed or is misdiagnosed. Patients are often in considerable pain with this condition as the piriformis muscle is involved in many leg movements including outward hip rotation and lifting of the leg.
- Buttocks pain
- Low back pain
- Hip pain
- Radiating pain down the legs
- Reduced range of motion
- Pain with prolonged sitting
- Pain with sex in women
- Lower extremity weakness
- Trauma to buttocks
- Piriformis muscle spasm
- Overuse of piriformis muscle
- Poor blood flow
- Congenital alterations in sciatic nerve and piriformis muscle anatomy
This condition is diagnosed by ruling out other conditions first. There is no definitive blood or imaging test to confirm piriformis syndrome. This aspect is what can complicate matters and is why the condition is often misdiagnosed. Appropriate case history, physical examinations, and MRI imaging help lead to a piriformis syndrome diagnosis. Sciatica, herniated disk, and SI joint pain syndromes must be examined and ruled out ahead of time.
Initial treatment usually involves conservative therapies such as resting, icing, heating, and over the counter NSAID medications such as Ibuprofen. Physical therapy treatment can help, and involves piriformis muscle stretching to alleviate the nerve pain as well as hamstring stretching. If the pain persists, muscle relaxer medications or steroid injections into the buttocks may be considered. Narcotic medications should be only used as a very last resort.
Stem Cell Therapy Piriformis Syndrome Relief
Comprehensive stem cell therapy treatments are very promising at relieving the pain caused by piriformis syndrome. The treatment not only involves treating the piriformis muscle but also the supporting structures of the SI joint, mainly the iliolumbar ligament and lumbosacral ligament. By strengthening and stabilizing these structures, the sciatic nerve and piriformis muscle become less irritated and inflamed. This allows for proper movements without any nerve impingement.
Regenerative Injection Benefits
- Pain Relief
- Strengthens Damaged Connective Tissue
- Quick Recovery Time compared to Surgery
- Non-Surgical / Non-Invasive
Stem Cell Therapy piriformis syndrome pain relief treatments are an exciting new non-surgical option for patients that do not respond to initial conservative care. Additional natural anti-inflammatories, diet changes, physical therapy and stretching can aid in the pain relief and healing of the treatments. Physicians must be very diligent in making this diagnosis and explore all non-narcotic options such as stem cell therapy to provide their patients the highest quality care and quickest pain relief possible.
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