When you rotate your leg outward, you are using your piriformis muscle. This muscle is located in the pelvic region and is important for proper hip joint function. Located under the gluteus maximus, the piriformis muscle connects the spine and femur to assist the hip joint in leg movement. When injured or inflamed, it can cause hip pain and mobility issues. This combination of symptoms is called piriformis syndrome, a pain condition we can treat at Ospina Medical in NYC.
Symptoms and Causes of Piriformis Syndrome
The piriformis muscle can be injured from strain when performing sports or strenuous activities. When this muscle is injured, it can affect the hip joint and leg function. It also may have inflammation or muscle spasms that put pressure on the sciatic nerve, which runs under the piriformis muscle. The symptoms of piriformis syndrome include:
- Hip pain after prolonged episodes of sitting
- Dull pain in the buttock region
- Radiating sciatic nerve pain, numbness or weakness in one leg or side of the buttocks
- Range of motion limited when rotating the leg outward
- Pain increases when climbing inclines or stairs
Piriformis syndrome can be misdiagnosed, especially when it mainly affects the sciatic nerve. Treatment can help reduce inflammation and improve range of motion, but an accurate diagnosis is needed first. Our team at Ospina Medical offers advanced diagnostic tools and treatments for piriformis syndrome and other acute or chronic hip pain conditions. Reducing inflammation or muscle spasms through injection therapy can offer relief, along with other treatments to aid in healing the injured muscle.
If you have hip pain or hip joint mobility issues, you may be suffering from piriformis syndrome. Contact our experts at Ospina Medical to schedule an appointment at our clinic in Midtown Manhattan, for a diagnosis and treatment options.