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A 37-year-old male asked:

How is piriformis syndrome treated? and how long does it take to go away?

4 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Andrew Germanovich
Pain Management 14 years experience
Several: Techniques. Stretches, facilitated positional release, injections, but the best treatment is one that addresses pelvic imbalance, usually with a heel lift.
Dr. William Schmidt
A Verified Doctoranswered
55 years experience
Symptomatic: As toy know the syndrome occurs when the piriformus muscle presses against the sciatic nerve and causes your symptoms. Surgery is rarely used. Some suggest anti-inflammatory drugs such as Ibuprofen with food. and taken with muscle relaxants. Rest and heat is helpful. It will gradually go away.
Dr. Nadine Halliburton-foster
Family Medicine 21 years experience
Piriformis symdrome: manifests when the sciatic nerve is compressed by a muscle in the buttocks called the piriformis uscle. you can have lower back pain and also in the hip (or sciatic notch). worse with sitting, running or cycling. You can reduce pain by various exercises, stretches, and anti inflammatories. It can take up to 4 to 6 weeks to get relief. see a doctor
Dr. Per Freitag
Dr. Per Freitag commented
Specializes in undefined
Rare, so look for other causes of sciatica
Aug 3, 2014
Dr. Louise Andrew
A Verified Doctoranswered
Emergency Medicine 47 years experience
Differently; months: This is an incredibly painful condition that can come from trauma but not always. If trauma, you need a thorough evaluation to be sure there is no bone or disc injury that could continue to irritate the muscle. If not, treatment in the form of heat, massage, acupuncture, Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS), prolotherapy, or Botox injections may safely help the muscle relax and relieve the pain.
Dr. Per Freitag
Dr. Per Freitag commented
Specializes in undefined
Not all "pyriformis syndromes" are. Most of the time it is due to lumbar discs and sciatica
Aug 3, 2014

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I have piriformis syndrome. How long should I expect it to take to recover?

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Dr. Tom Harrington
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Pyriformis syndrome: There are some excellent on line descriptions of the condition and necessary stretching exercises. Sitting on a tennis ball reproducing the pain helped my recovery. Rest from exercise is needed although you could try swimming or use of the ellipitical. Providing the diagnosis is correct -i would confer with a good physical therapist. Start your return to exercise slowly and stop if it recurs.

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