The sciatic nerve while coming out of spine and going to the thigh and leg has to pass through the hip region. piriformis is one of the muscles in the hip. The sciatic nerve can sometimes get entrapped in a tight piriformis muscle leading to symptoms of sciatica.
- Pain and weakness in buttocks
- Burning sensation in the back of the thigh
- Numbness in thighs
- Heaviness in legs
- Difficulty while walking
- Pain aggravates when climbing stairs
Muscle relaxants and anti-inflammatory drugs are given to the patients who suffer from sciatica due to piriformis syndrome. Exercises which involve stretching and strengthening are the best treatment options for sciatica caused by piriformis muscle. Physical therapy, ultrasound therapy along with massage and heat also works wonders by relieving the pain in patients. Regular stretching exercises are recommended to the patients. Weight and non-weight exercises along with ballistic exercises help in strengthening. Drugs and medicines are given when the exercises do not show the desired outcome.