What is Piriformis Syndrome?

Residents in Baulkham Hills and the broader Hills Area dealing with piriformis syndrome can find relief through expert chiropractic and massage services at Precision Health.

Understanding Piriformis Syndrome in Baulkham Hills
The piriformis muscle is a deep muscle located in the buttock and connects to the sacrum (base of the spine) and the femur (thigh bone). Piriformis syndrome refers to compression of the sciatic nerve as it passes through or under the piriformis muscle. Excessive use of the piriformis muscle without adequate stretching can cause hypertrophy (bulking) of the muscle causing it to compress the sciatic nerve.

Symptoms and Functional Biomechanical Issues
Symptoms of piriformis syndrome include deep buttock pain as well as a burning sensation, pins and needles and/or numbness down the back of the thigh. Patients may experience difficulty sitting, standing or lying down for extended periods (longer then 15-20 minutes) on the symptomatic side. Functional biomechanical issues associated with piriformis syndrome may involve low lumbar spine dysfunction, sacroiliac joint hypomobility, and tight hip muscles.

Causes and Risk Factors in the Hills Area
Causes of piriformis syndrome include excessive running, walking, hiking, prolonged sitting, trauma, or due to an anatomy variation (it is more common in people whose sciatic nerve travels through the piriformis muscle, than those whose sciatic nerve travels beneath the piriformis muscle). In approximately 11% of the population, the muscle belly is split, with the sciatic nerve dividing the muscle belly itself.

Residents in Baulkham Hills seeking relief from piriformis syndrome can trust Precision Health’s chiropractors and massage therapists. For personalised care, contact Precision Health at Baulkham Hills by calling (02) 9639 7337, or book online. Our dedicated team is committed to ensuring your well-being and providing effective solutions for piriformis syndrome in the Hills Area.

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