Eek! Piriformis Syndrome is the worst. I hope that you are not suffering from this but if you are I am so very sorry. If you are suffering from this you will not be a happy runner!
What is Piriformis Syndrome?
This is often an overuse problem that plagues runners. According to Medicinenet, “Piriformis syndrome is usually due to compression or contraction of the piriformis muscle on certain areas of the sciatic nerve.” In more simple terms it is literally a pain in the ass! The piriformis muscle is located deep in your butt just behind the gluteus maximus. So when you have piriformis syndrome you will feel pain deep in your butt. This muscle is important, “in lower body movement because it stabilizes the hip joint and lifts and rotates the thigh away from the body” (WebMD)
Piriformis syndrome can cause pain, tingling, and numbness. The pain can be mild to severe and can be aggravated by simple movements such as climbing stairs, difficulty sitting, and obviously running! You will know if you have this because it can be super painful and even tender to the touch.
What to do if you have Piriformis Syndrome.
Your first line of recovery is rest and ice. Avoid activities that trigger issues with your piriformis (no runner will like to hear this advice!). Taking anti-inflammatories can help. Massage directly on the piriformis muscle can help to relax this muscle and to lessen the spasms. Stretching and strengthening exercises are a key part of the treatment plan for piriformis syndrome and working on postural alignment.
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Here are some great resources for stretching and strengthening: