Piriformis syndrome is a painful orthopedic condition in which the sciatic nerve becomes irritated by the piriformis muscle. It is a rather rare, neuromuscular disorder. The piriformis is a narrow muscle that lies within the gluteal muscles, with the sciatic nerve passing underneath. It is thought that acute or chronic injury causes swelling of the muscle and irritates the sciatic nerve, resulting in sciatica. The pain can be a shooting pain in the buttocks or thigh, a tingling sensation, or even numbness.
People living with pain resulting from piriformis syndrome will find it very uncomfortable to stand on their feet for more than a couple of minutes, or conversely, it can ache to sit for too long. It will make it hard to get a full night’s sleep. As the sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body, pain in this area will severely limit the sufferer’s mobility. Piriformis syndrome will prevent sufferers from not only day-to-day activities, but will keep them from sports and other physical activities they enjoy.
Treatment Options for Piriformis Syndrome
Many people suffering from piriformis syndrome can achieve relief with stretching and massage, and avoiding strenuous exercise and other physical activities. Relief can be found from ice and heat, using ice when the pain first starts and then alternating heat and ice. Ultrasound is another option, which provides a much deeper heat. Sometimes, steroid injections are made directly into the muscle. On rare occasions, surgery is used.
Treating Chronic Piriformis Syndrome Pain without Surgery
For chronic suffers of piriformis syndrome traditional methods often are not enough, but people can avoid surgical procedures. The National Institute of Regenerative Medicine employs traditional orthopedic techniques with new technologies. These technologies, many of them actually developed by the Institute, utilize a variety of cell-based therapies, platelet rich plasma, and supplements. While many medical centers are only now getting these techniques, the National Institute of Regenerative Medicine has already used them in thousands of cases. While these other centers may be using the cell or platelet therapies, they are not combined with other technologies or therapies.
If you're interested in cell-based treatment for treating piriformis syndrome, contact the National Institute of Regenerative Medicine to schedule an appointment.