Sciatica and Piriformis Syndrome

Sciatica and Piriformis Syndrome | Beverly Hills CA

Piriformis syndrome is regularly mistaken for sciatica. This is because they both affect sciatic nerve function. Sciatica is a result of spinal dysfunction such as spinal stenosis and herniated disc. At the same time, Piriformis syndrome occurs when the piriformis muscle, which is situated deep in the buttock, constricts the sciatic nerve.

What Is Sciatica and Piriformis Syndrome

Sciatica is defined as nerve pain from an injury sustained to the sciatic nerve. Piriformis syndrome is when the piriformis muscle is situated in the spasms, buttock region, and causes buttock pain. Treating Sciatica and Piriformis Syndrome can help to soothe your muscles and improve your pain threshold.

Procedure For Treating Sciatica and Piriformis Syndrome

When treating sciatica, our experts start by recommending that you try a combination of these essential solutions such as medications, physical therapy, stretching, exercise, limited bed rest, and hot and cold packs. If it does not work, they then try one of the two surgical options for sciatica: discectomy or laminectomy. 

During our Discectomy procedure, our surgeon takes out what is pressing on your sciatic nerve, whether a bone spur, a herniated disk, or something else. During our laminectomy procedure, our surgeon takes out the lamina and any tissue pressing on the nerve that is causing pain to you. When treating Piriformis Syndrome, our physical therapist suggests a program of exercises and stretches to help decrease sciatic nerve compression. 

We also use Osteopathic manipulative treatment to relieve pain and increase range of motion. In some cases, we might recommend muscle relaxants, anti-inflammatory medications, or even injections with an anesthetic or corticosteroid. We sometimes try therapies like iontophoresis, which utilizes a mild electric current and an injection with botulinum toxin (botox).

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