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If I have an unstable SI Joint due to stretched ligaments, is it safe for me to still stretch the piriformis muscle or will this make it worse?

If I have an unstable SI Joint due to stretched ligaments, is it safe for me to still stretch the piriformis muscle or will this make it worse?

An unstable SI would: be from significant injury or connective tissue disease. All U can do is ask Ur provider what Ur limitations R. I would rec 2 ease slowly into a stretching program & Always take a day off 2 C what Ur bodies response is, if ok gradually increase Ur stretching, always waiting a day or 2, 2 C how Ur body reacts 2 the increase. ...Read more

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I have had an MRI scan to reveal I have osteoarthritis in my left hip.. I'm in constant pain with it, but when i stretch the piriformis, the pain goes.

I have had an MRI scan to reveal I have osteoarthritis in my left hip.. I'm in constant pain with it, but when i stretch the piriformis, the pain goes.

Different pains: Oa of hip may not be source of your pain if piriformis stretches improve the condition. Sometimes muscle can get tight and feels better with local treatment, but will not get rid of oa hip pain. ...Read more

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I've been doing stretches that are supposed to be good for sciatica and piriformis syndrome, but i always hurt more later, what could be the cause?

I've been doing stretches that are supposed to be good for sciatica and piriformis syndrome, but i always hurt more later, what could be the cause?

Pelvis joints: The idea that you have pyriformis syndrome is a speculation. You might have a dysfunctional sacroiliac joint, and the exercises might be stretching these joints. An osteopth can help you to figure this out. See my chronic pain board at quora.Com (free) where i discuss these issues. ...Read more

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Left SI joint pain/piriformis symptoms so have been stretching pirifomis now starting to get pain in other joint.Can stretching it cause SI instabilit?

Left SI joint pain/piriformis symptoms so have been stretching pirifomis now starting to get pain in other joint.Can stretching it cause SI instabilit?

Don't Stretch Spasm: Stretching healthy musculature is often helpful to prevent injury. Once an injury has occurred however stretching tends to exacerbate a spasm in progress. Stretching itself is unlikely to cause instability of the SI joint. Pain in the opposite SI joint may result from compensation for the injured, more painful side. ...Read more

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My doctor said I have piriformis sydrome, being doing tons of stretching and it seems better but now nearly everytime i move my leg my hip pops?

My doctor said I have piriformis sydrome, being doing tons of stretching and it seems better but now nearly everytime i move my leg my hip pops?

Snapping hip?: If popping is in front of hip, it likely is a loose psoas tendon (a hip flexing tendon), or maye another tendon. Otherwise, other tendons or ligaments could be a liitle loose. An ultrasound exam might see the tendon move with movement. ...Read more

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Strained hamstring, piriformis, illiosoas, Clean MRI and X-ray of hips. PT for 2 months. Still horrible pain. Can't sit for 20 min. Stretching ?

Pain: Consider a chiropractic exam and treatment. I suspect you may have underlying structural issues if imaging is okay. I would also find a good masseuse for treatment. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my piriformis hurts from dance?

What do you suggest if my piriformis hurts from dance?

Piriformis: Lots of stretching... although to have 'just' piriformis pain after dance is rare. It might just be pain from working out, depending on the dance, and your hip rotators all might be sore. Drink plenty of water and stretch all rotators and hip muscles just after warm-up, and also during cooling down if possible. Best of luck! ...Read more

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Does the clamshell, exercises the piriformis? When doing the exercise I lots of pain later on.

Does the clamshell, exercises the piriformis? When doing the exercise I lots of pain later on.

It does: but it's just one part of several treatments... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piriformis_syndrome#Treatment my advice? don't do any one exercise/maneuver to the point your pain is significantly exacerbated. you have to pick and choose to do your exercises at the right time and at the right intensity/amount. one tip I suggest is walking in the pool in waist deep water: side ways/backwards/forward ...Read more

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What causes your piriformis to have issues, and how do you treat the discomfort and lead a normal life? Is it possible to fix it 100%?

What causes your piriformis to have issues, and how do you treat the discomfort and lead a normal life? Is it possible to fix it 100%?

Yes: By treating an underlying cause of postural abnormality. Piriformis pain is an effect of pelvic imbalance either due to short leg syndrome or unequal muscle tone in the spine or pelvis. This can be done with heel lifts. You need a good thorough physical exam by someone who understands postural biomechanics. ...Read more

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Piriformis trapped nerve dangerous?

Piriformis trapped nerve dangerous?

Piriformis sciatica: I'm not sure what you mean by "dangerous". Most cases of piriformis syndrome with intermittent sciatica are painful, but not at all what i'd consider dangerous. As you can see from the image attached, the sciatic nerve can pass behind the muscle or split the muscle (just butt pain then), or one or both parts of the nerve can pierce the muscle which can cause the shooting pain down the leg. ...Read more

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Why does my piriformis hurt from dancing?

Why does my piriformis hurt from dancing?

Varies: The piriformis is a muscle that inserts into the proximal hip and assists in hip movement. There are a variety of reasons it may be being aggravated. Doing a good warmup and stretch before dancing at help. A physical therapist can give you good exercises for it as well. If it does not improve, see a doctor to verify diagnosis and discuss treatment directly. ...Read more

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What is the main cause of piriformis syndrome?

What is the main cause of piriformis syndrome?

Irritation of muscle: Piriformis syndrome is caused when the piriformis muscle compresses the sciatic nerve. Since piriformis syndrome is usually caused by sports or movement that repeatedly stresses the piriformis muscle, such as running or lunging, prevention is often related to good form. Avoid running or exercising on hills or uneven surfaces. Warm up properly before activity and increase intensity gradually. ...Read more

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Are there usually many symptoms when you have piriformis syndrome?

Are there usually many symptoms when you have piriformis syndrome?

Piriformis Pain: The sciatic nerve runs underneath the piriformis muscle and typically does not irritate the nerve. However if the muscle is irritated or the nerve runs through the belly of the muscle (5-10% of people) it can press on the sciatic nerve and cause the sciatica type pain in the buttock region but also radiate into the leg as well. Typically stretching and nsaids are mainstay for treatment. ...Read more

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

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

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 ...Read more

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

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

Wrong Question: Piriformis synd rarely goes away by itself.The question is 'What can be done to get rid of piriformis synd.?' Some people advocate stretching the piriformis muscle, but in my pain practice that rarely works.A simple, gentle osteopathic technique which you can be taught to do at home may help. I recommend seeing an osteopathic dr. trained in hands-on diagnosis & manipulation to get proper treatment ...Read more

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What exactly does a radio frequency lesioning to the piriformis do? I had one today. 

What exactly does a radio frequency lesioning to the piriformis do? I had one today. 

Usually not much: Many people only get temporary relief, some get new types of 'confused' nerve sensations, and a few get great relief. ...Read more

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Have piriformis issues.Saw pt who said there was a knot in it.He worked it out and i feel better, but now i worry it was a tumor and he smooshed it?

Have piriformis issues.Saw pt who said there was a knot in it.He worked it out and i feel better, but now i worry it was a tumor and he smooshed it?

No worries: A tumor is typcally a solid mass of tissue. It couldn't be broken up by someone massaging or manipulating it. For a young healthy person having a tumor in muscle is very unusual. You shouldn't worry about that, but if you want reassurance a doctor can do simple blood tests and imaging studies that would rule out a tumor. ...Read more