Piriformis Syndrome

Piriformis Syndrome (glute pain) is caused when muscles in the buttocks compress and irritate the sciatic nerve during repetitive movement or exercise.

It is often mistaken, or misdiagnosed as a herniated or ‘slipped disc’, as the symptoms are often similar.

Unlike slipped discs, however, piriformis syndrome occurs as a result of a chronic shortening, or tightening of the gluteal muscles over time.


The following symptoms are associated with this condition:

  • Dull ‘toothache’ type pain into the buttock.
  • Sharp ‘burning’ pain when the affected buttock muscle is pressed.
  • Pain often refers into the back of the thigh but not down the leg.
  • Pain which is worse during or after sitting.


Piriformis Syndrome is not serious but tends to get worse over time if left untreated.

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