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Content updated on 2022-06-02

What is piriformis syndrome?

The sciatic nerve is responsible for control and sensation of the legs. Occasionally, it can be compressed by the Piriformis muscle in the buttocks, causing symptoms that are often identical to and may be mistaken for a slipped disc.

Symptoms related to piriformis syndrome

  • Thigh pain

  • Back pain that shoots to the legs

  • Numbness or abnormal sensation

  • Numbness of the thigh

  • Numbness anywhere from the knees to the ankles

  • Pain in the arms and/or legs

Questions your doctor may ask to check for piriformis syndrome

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose piriformis syndrome

  • Do you have thigh pain?

  • Do you have pain or numbness in your buttocks, back of your thighs, shins, or feet?

  • Do you feel any numbness or change in sensation?

  • Do you have numbness in the thigh/s?

  • Do you have numbness from your knees down (such as ankles)?

Treatment for piriformis syndrome

Rest, physiotherapy and painkillers can help improve symptoms.

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