28 Nov '15, 10am

How Can I Banish That Pain in My Butt?

The piriformis is a small, but powerful, muscle that sits deep behind the gluteals and is responsible for the external rotation of the hip joint. The most common symptoms reported with this syndrome are a dull, deep ache in the butt, pain down the leg or up the spine, and/or pain when sitting. The sciatic nerve passes right by the piriformis muscle, and when the piriformis contracts or spasms, it can sometimes compress the nerve, resulting in pain. Repetitive activities, like running, can fatigue the muscle and irritate the nerve. Likewise, prolonged sitting can also irritate this nerve, so runners with desk jobs may be even more susceptible. Piriformis syndrome typically responds best with time off from running along with specific stretching and strengthening exercises. Physical therapy can be very helpful, so ask about it as a treatment option when you see your physician...

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