Like sciatica, piriformis syndrome results in the same radiating and intense leg pain because it affects a single nerve. Dr. Dennis Slavin, MD of Rio Grande Pain Team, understands the extremity of your pain and develops customized treatment plans that directly address the underlying condition to offer you fast and substantial pain relief. To achieve significant and lasting pain relief from your condition, call the Rio Grande Pain Team or go online to schedule an appointment with McAllen piriformis syndrome specialists today.
What Is Piriformis Syndrome?
The piriformis is a particular muscle located deep in your buttocks. The piriformis syndrome condition develops when spasms develop in this muscle, thus causing pain. In most cases, this problem develops from spasms after muscle irritation, bleeding in the areas near the muscle, overworking this muscle, swelling, or tightening from spasm or injury.
A muscle spasm in your behind may be relatively painful, but another issue arises from the sciatic nerve running right under the piriformis muscle. Once this muscle gets cramped or swollen, it may put pressure on your nerve. In turn, you develop some symptoms, which are primarily referred to as sciatica.
What Are the Symptoms of Piriformis Syndrome?
The sciatic nerve generates from the spine, runs through each buttock down to both legs. If this nerve is damaged or pinched, symptoms might develop anywhere along your spine. Some of the most common symptoms might include lower back pain, aches in the buttock, pain while sitting, immobility around the hip area, weakness in the affected leg’s muscle, and pain through your calf, thigh, and maybe in your foot.
Some patients report tingling or numbness along your foot and leg. Pain experienced due to piriformis syndrome varies from one patient to another, i.e., mild, debilitating, or severe. Typically, this pain worsens when one is in motion.
What to Expect with Piriformis Syndrome Treatment?
All treatments at Rio Grande Pain Team are patient-centric. They developed in line with the patient’s immobility and extremity of pain. The treatment for piriformis syndrome mostly blends several therapies to achieve quick and lasting pain relief.
Muscle stretching exercises are particularly effective, but patients can also benefit from heat and massage therapy. As a board-certified interventional pain management specialist, Dr. Slavin provides targeted treatments, which directly address the immediate cause of pain.
If necessary, Dr. Slavin may recommend muscle injection for your piriformis syndrome. Piriformis muscle injections contain anesthetics to instantly relieve you of the pain and steroids to reduce swelling and relax your muscles. To precisely inject this medication into the affected area, Dr. Slavin uses ultrasound imaging to visualize your muscles and guide the needle.
To sum up, Dr. Slavin and the pain specialists at Rio Grande Pain Team offer rapid and lasting relief from chronic pain. Restore or enhance your life quality through specialized treatments, which directly address the underlying cause of your pain. Schedule an appointment with the Weslaco or McAllen office today through by calling the office or using the online booking tool.