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Piriformis syndrome

Piriformis syndrome is a painful complaint in the buttock region. Because the piriformis muscle becomes cramped, pressure can arise on the underlying nerve, the sciatic nerve, which runs from the back via the buttock to the leg.

What to do with piriformis syndrome?

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The nerve becomes irritated and causes the following complaints, among others: 

stabbing pain on or around your buttock 

pain in the hip or pain radiating to the leg 

pain gets worse after sitting or walking/running for a long time 

pain decreases when you lie on your back


Do you recognize yourself in these complaints? Then it is a good idea to contacta suitable physiotherapist

What are the causes of piriformis syndrome?

There are several causes for piriformis syndrome. 


The pain can be caused by, among other things: 

  • overload

  • muscle weakness 

  • an asymmetrical walking pattern

  • other causes within the chain of the leg and lower back 


During treatment we always look beyond the complaint itself. We also take into account underlying causes and lifestyle, such as sleep, stress, nutrition and exercise in general. 

Treatment of piriformis syndrome by the physiotherapist.

How can the physiotherapist help with piriformis syndrome? During the first consultation, your physiotherapist will ask you various questions and perform an examination.

Hopefully we will soon find out where the problem comes from and what we can do to reduce the pain. 

We continue with therapy based on the diagnosis. We draw up a personal treatment plan that is perfectly tailored to your situation. This includes mobilizations and massage of trigger points. You will also receive various exercises that you can perform together with the therapist, but also at home. Of course, we also give you advice about exercise and habits that may hinder recovery. By looking at your situation together, we can treat you as best as possible and ensure that the complaint actually does not arise. 

Do you recognize yourself in the complaints that match piriformis syndrome? Then you can contact any physiotherapist from our team. Within our holistic vision, we not only look at your complaints, but also at the underlying causes and lifestyle. Relaxation and awareness are important aspects of treatment for all therapists.

Make an appointment today.

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