Piriformis Syndrome is caused when the piriformis muscle compresses the sciatic nerve. The piriformis is a muscle that connects the hip to the sacrum. Typically the Sciatic nerve runs below the piriformis muscle, in some people the sciatic nerve runs through the piriformis. Symptoms of piriformis syndrome are pain or tingling over the gluteal area, however, the pain may radiate down the leg following the sciatic nerve.
While the symptoms are very common for many people, piriformis syndrome is usually not the cause. Low back referral pain must be ruled out before saying the symptoms are due to the piriformis.
How KCR can help!
At Kalamazoo Chiropractic & Rehabilitation, you will be taken through a thorough medical history and full body assessment to make sure you receive a proper diagnosis. In most cases, treatment will begin on your first visit once we decide that conservative care (i.e. without the use of surgery, drugs, or injections) is right for you.
A majority of muscle, joint, and nerve pain can be resolved quickly -within days to weeks- with a proper movement assessment and treatment strategy. If your pain changes while moving, this is typically a sign that movement can help resolve your current problems.
Dr. Kopp uses a combination of Mechanical Diagnosis & Therapy (McKenzie Method) and Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS) to assess and treat both the pain from piriformis syndrome and the function of the spine, hip, and foot to keep this pain from coming back.
Once we have found a movement or movements that decrease your symptoms and improve how your body is functioning, you are on the way to living life the way you want! If your condition is something we are unable to treat in the office, Dr. Kopp will know within the first few visits. He will then recommend the correct medical provider that can find a solution for you.