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Piriformis Syndrome: Comprehensive Diagnosis and Applied Functional Science Treatment

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Piriformis Syndrome is a neuromuscular condition characterized by pain and discomfort stemming from the compression of the sciatic nerve by the piriformis muscle. At Superior Physical Therapy, we specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of Piriformis Syndrome using the principles of Applied Functional Science (AFS).

The piriformis muscle, located deep in the buttock, plays a pivotal role in hip rotation. When this muscle irritates or compresses the sciatic nerve beneath it, Piriformis Syndrome occurs, leading to pain, tingling, and numbness radiating from the buttock down the leg.

Symptoms and Causes of Piriformis Syndrome

  • Pain and Tingling: Often confused with sciatica, the pain typically originates in the buttock and travels down the leg.


  • Discomfort when Sitting: Prolonged sitting, especially on hard surfaces, can exacerbate the symptoms of Piriformis Syndrome

  • Anatomical Variations: In some individuals, the sciatic nerve runs through the piriformis muscle, increasing the risk of Piriformis Syndrome.


  • Muscle Spasms: Injuries or spasms in the piriformis muscle can lead to the syndrome.


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Applied Functional Science (AFS): A Holistic Approach to Treating Piriformis Syndrome

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Harnessing the principles of AFS, we offer a movement-centric approach to Piriformis Syndrome. AFS, developed by the Gray Institute, allows us to evaluate and treat individuals based on their unique biomechanics and movement patterns.

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Benefits of AFS in Treating Piriformis Syndrome

  1. Tailored Rehabilitation: Exercises designed specifically for Piriformis Syndrome recovery, ensuring practical and effective rehabilitation.
  2. Functional Outcomes: Beyond symptom relief, our goal is to restore optimal function to the hip and surrounding muscles, ensuring a full range of motion and strength.
  3. Prevention: Addressing the root movement issues to prevent future bouts of Piriformis Syndrome.
  4. Empowerment Through Education: We believe in educating our patients about Piriformis Syndrome, enabling them to actively participate in their recovery journey.
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If Piriformis Syndrome is affecting your quality of life, reach out to our expert team at Superior Physical Therapy. We're here to guide you back to optimal health. Schedule your consultation by calling (231) 944-6541 or send us an email through this form.
  Dr. Andrew has dedicated the past 15 years to helping patients find lasting relief from pain, pressure, and persistent trauma they may be experiencing daily with what he has coined “The Superior Method” – a proven path to pain relief without prescriptions, surgery, or solutions that break the bank.
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