Is your piroformis muscle causing you trouble?
The ongoing battle with my back and hip issues continues. I’ll have several good days of no pain and then I go backwards and plunge back into the downward spiral into excruciating back pain and immobility. The trouble all seems to be isolated in the region of my piroformis muscle and gluteus medius (basically all in my rear end, a literal pain in the a$$). I am trying to stay positive and am continuing to do what I can to keep my body fit while also providing it with adequate rest.
I am guessing there are many of you who are plagued with piroformis syndrome as well judging by the number of comments I’ve received on my instagram and facebook pages. This article, “How to Beat Pirofomis Syndrome,” from Competitor.com passed through my facebook feed several times today and clearly explains “Piroformis Syndrome.” This is a definite must read if this is something that is affecting you and your running.
This article states that,
“the piriformis muscle causes a lot of trouble in runners because it sits directly on top of the sciatic nerve (Fig. 2). In an unfortunate 2 percent of the population, the sciatic nerve runs straight through the middle of the piriformis muscle, increasing the potential for sciatic nerve injury. Because running increases activity in the piriformis muscle, high mileage running can allow the muscle to compress the sciatic nerve with so much force that the nerve becomes damaged. Common symptoms associated with piriformis-related sciatica include a toothache type of pain along the outside of the leg and/or a tingling that can travel all the way to the foot.” (Michaud)
This is a perfect description of the pain that has been occurring. It comes and goes depending on my level of activity and pain can vary from mild to severe depending on whether or not my piroformis is inflamed.
Do you struggle with Piroformis Syndrome? Here are some resources:
If you are like me and have been struggling with Piroformis syndrome, I have rounded up some resources for you to take a look at. I would also love to hear any tips that you have for dealing with this that helped you to get back on the road to running pain free.
- How to Treat Piroformis Syndrome
- Piroformis Muscle Stretch and Physical Therapy
- Piroformis Syndrome Stretching Exercises
- Piroformis Syndrome, Treatment, Prevention and Exercises
- Piroformis Syndrome: A Real Pain in the Butt for Runners
- Piroformis Syndrome Exercises
- Runner’s Connect–Piriformis Syndrome: How to detect it and strengthening and stretching programs to help you heal
Hopefully piroformis syndrome is not preventing you from running (or any injury for that matter). If this is something that you have or currently struggle with I’d love to hear your best tips for dealing with it. What was your worst running or sports injury?
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