Got a Pain in the Butt? It May Be Piriformis Syndrome

Piriformis Syndrome is a not too uncommon sports injury that if left untreated, can attack your sciatic nerve which will run either very close or through this muscle, depending on how your individual body is wired. How it works is simplistic. The Piriformis is one of a group of small muscles that is seated deep in the buttocks region of the body and the job of this muscle is to rotate the leg outwards.

When their is an injury to this muscle and it’s usually an impact injury that causes this; the muscle will become tight and put pressure on the sciatic nerve and cause pain which can radiate down the leg. Another cause for this injury is failure to stretch before rigorous physical activity involving leg movement.

If you do have a piriformis injury. Apply heat as needed and then stretch Piriformis muscle when the pain subsides. A good stretching exercise is the hip stretch roll. Simply lay on your back and put one leg over the other. You should feel this in the hip and buttocks area. Hold the stretch for 10 seconds initially and work up to 30 seconds as your injury heals.

After you recover, make it a point to always stretch and warm up your muscles before engaging them in any activity. This will keep you on the field of play and off the benches!