The piriformis is a small muscle located deep in the buttocks and functions to rotate the hip joint. Because of its proximity to the sciatic nerve, a tight and irritated piriformis can cause sciatica pain.
Piriformis muscle pain can often be successfully treated with gentle stretching exercises. However, in the presence of chronic irritation, a piriformis muscle injection can be very helpful.
A piriformis steroid injection is an injection of a long lasting steroid into the piriformis muscle of your buttock. This muscle attaches to the side of the sacrum, which is the side, flat bone at the base of your spine just above your tailbone. Its main job is to rotate the leg outward, but is also helps to hold the hip in joint when it is bearing weight. Your sciatic nerve goes down the back of your leg and passes through or under this muscle. Tightness in the piriformis muscle can cause sciatica, which is pain down the back of the leg. There may also be pain symptoms in the hip and low back and even in the groin, genitals and rectum.
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Here’s an excellent video that discusses the causes of sciatica pain and how piriformis muscle injections can help.
Many people diagnosed with “sciatica” – pain that runs from their buttocks to their feet – may actually have piriformis syndrome. Dr. Aaron Filler of the Institute for Nerve Medicine in Santa Monica, California explains sciatica pain relief with piriformis injections
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