Piriformis syndrome is caused by inflammation, irritation or compression of the sciatic nerve by the piriformis muscle, located in the middle of the buttock.
You may be experiencing leg pain or sciatica including sharp, stabbing, burning pain in your legs, often in the absence of lower back pain. The pain starts deep in the buttock and radiates down the leg. Piriformis syndrome goes by other names including wallet sciatica, pseudo sciatica and hip socket neuropathy. It can also severely impair your ability to lift and rotate your leg and adversely affect your movement and quality of life.
Diagnosis for Piriformis Syndrome
Many patients with piriformis syndrome have been misdiagnosed. It is not an easy condition to diagnose as it can mimic sciatica due to a disc prolapse or other spine problem very closely. Expert doctors at the London Pain Clinic can help because we offer:
- A full assessment with one of our consultants in pain medicine
- A detailed medical history focussing on your pain
- A thorough physical examination
- Any relevant investigations including MRI scans and x rays performed by our consultant radiologists
- Our renowned second opinion service.
Treatment for Piriformis Syndrome
Receiving the right treatment for piriformis syndrome may prove difficult as the condition is not always easy to diagnose. There is no definitive test and it is often diagnosed on clinical and radiological evidence. That is why it is important to make an appointment with an experienced pain specialist. At the London Pain Clinic our medical expertise and state of the art technology can provide an exact diagnosis and effective treatment package. We can offer:
- A full explanation of piriformis syndrome
- Multidisciplinary treatment
- Access to the latest anti-inflammatory and antineuropathic medications for piriformis syndrome
- Multimodal analgesia
- Minimally invasive pain management procedures
- Botulinum Toxin A (Botox) treatment to the piriformis muscles
- Specialist orthopaedic physical therapy
- Home exercise programme
- Access to surgical intervention, where indicated.
The best way to start to treat your piriformis syndrome is with an expert diagnosis. Following this, a specialised treatment plan will be developed with you by one of our specialists. To begin your recovery, call us on 020 7118 0250, or email London Pain Clinic.