What is Piriformis Syndrome?
Piriformis Syndrome is a muscle that travels behind the hip joint. The piriformis muscle is small compared to other muscles around the hip and thigh, and it aids in turning out of the hip joint. The piriformis muscle and its tendon have an close relationship to the sciatic nerve which supplies the lower extremities with motor and sensory function. The piriformis tendon and sciatic nerve cross each other behind the hip joint, in the deep buttock.
Symptoms of Piriformis Syndrome
- Pain that radiate down the back of the leg
- Sore buttock when sitted down
Causes of Piriformis Syndrome
- Irritation of the sciatic nerve
- Injured due to fall on the buttock