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Piriformis Syndrome

Updated: Nov 10, 2022

What is Piriformis Syndrome?

Piriformis syndrome is a condition in which the piriformis muscle, located in the buttock area, spasms and that can cause pain in the glutes / buttock region. The piriformis muscle can also irritate the sciatic nerve which is

passing underneath causing numbness , tingling and pain at the back of the leg and into the foot. Those symptoms are similar to sciatic symptoms.

What causes piriformis syndrome?

The most common piriformis syndrome causes are inflammation and swelling on the tissues around piriformis and intense muscle spasm in the actual muscle.

These issues can be a result of:

  • Climbing stairs or running

  • Could be an injury in the hip, buttock or leg after a fall for example

  • Having muscle imbalances

  • Lifting something heavy or lifting something in an awkward angle

  • Doing repetitive movements or exercising too much

  • Sitting on a hard surface for too long

Physical Therapy Treatment for Piriformis Syndrome in Manchester City Centre
Physical Therapy Treatment for Piriformis Syndrome

What are the symptoms of piriformis syndrome?

Symptoms of piriformis syndrome include:

  • Mainly pain

  • Tingling, pins and needles or numbness if the sciatic nerve is irritated by the piriformis

  • Burning sensation

  • Dull ache

  • Throbbing pain

Did you know?

  • Most frequently affected age group was found to be the 4th and 5th decades constituting 31,3% and 33,5% of all cases respectively

  • Individuals of all occupations and activity levels were found to be affected

  • There was a history with overuse in 47,25%

  • Piriformis can get hypertrophied under strain a lot easier compared to other muscles in the region of pelvis

  • There was a history of prolong sitting in 37,9%

  • There was a history of trauma in 4,4%

  • History of vigorous massage by unqualified person in 3,3%

  • Right side is involved in 67,58% and left side in 32,4

Physiotherapy treatment for Piriformis syndrome

Piriformis syndrome is highly treatable and at Physio Pattern Manchester we are specialised in assessing and treating people with musculoskeletal problems.

At Physio Pattern Manchester we will do a thorough assessment in order to find the real cause of your piriformis syndrome. A treatment plan will be developed to ensure a speedy recovery with long term results and no recurrence. An Individualised exercise program will be prescribed to you as well.

Physio Pattern Manchester is going to use some of the modalities below as assessment and treatment tools (click on the links below for more information).

If you would like more information of how Physio Pattern Manchester can help with this condition, or to book an assessment please call


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