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Posted on 12-22-2015

Piriformis Syndrome

Pacific Beach Chiropractor

Author – Dr. Ryan Curda D.C.

Piriformis syndrome is a painful condition that compresses and irritates the Sciatic 

Nerve. The pain can radiate from the lower back and buttocks down the leg all the way 

into the foot.  Usually prolonged sitting or driving can be unbearable. Many people 

believe they must have a herniated disc to cause so much pain along the Sciatic Nerve, 

but it is actually caused by a chronic tightness in the piriformis muscle. The Sciatic 

Nerve runs underneath and sometimes through the piriformis muscle. Poor sitting 

posture, weak muscles in the pelvis, and mis-aligned sacrums, can all lead to or 

contribute to this condition.

So what is the best way to treat this? Stretch the piriformis muscle, adjust and restore 

proper joint motion to the sacro-iliac joints, and strengthen the muscles that the 

piriformis has been compensating for, and avoid the activities and habits that have led 

to this imbalance in the first place. Easy right? Now how do you do that; well first you'll 

want to avoid sitting with your leg or legs externally rotated, second you'll need to 

stretch the piriformis muscle (I prefer to prescribe a supine stretch laying on your 

back), third you'll need to begin to strengthen your lateral hip stabilizers primarily the 

gluteus med., and finally you will need to find a Chiropractor in your area to adjust your 

pelvis and sacrum to restore the proper balance and motion that has been lost. This 

protocol implemented with the guidance of a professional results in a resolution of 

pain, restoration of movement and stability, and return to enjoying your life.

Call a trained professional in your area today to start to find relief. If you need help 

finding a Chiropractor in your area call Personalized Chiropractic (858) 866-3345 for 

more information.

Please Leave a Comment of your experience with Piriformis Syndrome pain.

Pacific Beach Chiropractor

-Dr. Ryan Curda

Or visit our Pacific Beach Chiropractic Center at

4747 Mission Blvd. #1

San Diego, CA 92109

(858) 866-3345

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