What Is Piriformis Syndrome?

Piriformis syndrome is a neuromuscular disorder that is caused when the piriformis muscle compresses the sciatic nerve.

Do I Have Piriformis Syndrome?

Piriformis syndrome usually starts with pain, tingling, or numbness in the buttocks.
Pain can be severe and extend down the length of the sciatic nerve (called sciatica).
The pain while sitting on a car seat or running, climbing stairs, applying firm pressure directly over the piriformis muscle, or sitting for long periods of time.
18% of all cases of sciatic pain outside the spine are caused by piriformis syndrome.(European Spine Journal)

Piriformis Syndrome Diagnosis

There is no definitive test for piriformis syndrome. In many cases, there is a history of trauma to the area, repetitive, vigorous activity such as long-distance running, or prolonged sitting. Diagnosis of piriformis syndrome is made by the patient’s report of symptoms and by physical exam using a variety of movements to elicit pain to the piriformis muscle. In some cases, a contracted piriformis muscle can be found on physical exam.

East Hills Chiropractic Class IV Piriformis Treatment Program | Anaheim Hills

The Class IV LightForce Laser is at the heart of our treatment program. It provides a safe, effective, non-invasive, painless solution for piriformis related pain and injury. Patients respond exceptionally well to treatments and usually notice significant pain relief after just a few treatments. Dr. Mangold’s program utilizes the latest FDA Cleared Lasers, and combines them with other therapies to help reduce the pain, strengthen the muscles and increase range of motion. Most importantly these treatments help reduce inflammation/swelling, which helps improve overall function. Dr. Mangold has been treating spinal injuries for over 30 years and has been helping people suffering from various health conditions during that time. Patients seek his advice and care if they want to avoid surgery if at all possible and help you return to all the activities you enjoy. Because symptoms can be similar in other conditions, radiologic tests such as MRIs may be required to rule out other causes of sciatic nerve compression, such as a herniated disc.