What is Piriformis Syndrome and What Can You do About it?

Getting injured can really set your exercise and fitness routine back a notch! And worst of all… it can be a total pain in the butt in more ways than one. You may have heard of piriformis syndrome before, or perhaps you're just curious – either way, we’re here to tell you what it is, what causes it, and what you can do about it. That way, you’ll know why you’re in pain and you can “butt to the chase”, so to speak!

So, what is piriformis syndrome, actually? Well, it’s a condition characterized by a spasm in the piriformis muscles which are located in the buttocks. One spasm, or even a series of them, can wreak havoc in that region. Once the piriformis has contracted, it often tends to agitate and irritate the neighboring sciatic nerve, thereby placing pressure on it and thus causing an adverse react. In this case, one may experience symptoms similar to sciatica, a painful state related to the sciatic nerve in the back and legs. These symptoms include numbness, tingling, and stabbing pains extending down past the thigh bone and often to the foot.

Yikes. It doesn’t sound that pleasant, does it? The good news is, there is a way to alleviate the pain and its symptoms. But first, we nee