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Piriformis Syndrome

Hip and buttock pain


There can be many causes of a painful site.Piriformis


Many patients present with buttock and leg pain.

This could be due to vertebral restrictions, disc problems, nerve root pain, pelvic dysfunction, inflammation of the pelvic joints, sciatica, bursitis of the hip or a muscle spasm.

One such muscle that can cause this sort of pain is a muscle that turns the hip out.

It is called the piriformis muscle.

It travels from the sacrum, the bone at the base of the spine, across the pelvis to the hip.

The sciatic nerve travels through the pelvis and passes by the piriformis muscle.

If the muscle is traumatised, either by injury or overuse you may develop piriformis syndrome.

If you have piriformis syndrome the soft tissues can become inflamed and the muscle can spasm.

If the muscle spasms it can compress the sciatic nerve and cause sciatica.

Your Osteopath will carry out an assessment to determine what is causing you symptoms.

If it is piriformis syndrome techniques are used to lengthen and relax the muscle and any associated musculoskeletal changes that have contributed or resulted from the piriformis syndrome.

We have come along way.

In 1874 a doctor called Andrew Taylor-Still founded osteopathy and started a college to teach others.

Now in the UK as of March 2018 there are 5,288 registered Osteopaths.

This number continues to grow with 269 new or returning Osteopaths joining the register.

Osteopathy is regulated in the United Kingdom, USA, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, France, Switzerland, Finland, Portugal, Iceland and Malta, but this is not the case in many other countries throughout the world.

The General osteopathic council (GOsC) oversees osteopaths in the UK.

It promotes public and patient safety through targeted and effective regulatory activity.

It encourages and helps continual improvement in the quality of osteopathic healthcare.

The GOsC has met all the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care standards of good regulation.

I hope this gives patients confidence both in the profession of Osteopathy and in their Osteopath.


If you would like to contact Princes Avenue Osteopathic clinic please follow the link or call 01634 681138.

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