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What are the primary and secondary etiology (causes) of Peiriformis syndrome

Primary = An entrapment neuropathy (of the sciatic nerve) or neurovascular entrapment due to the location of the piriformis muscle in relationship to the nerve and other vessels. This is associated with anatomic variation in the piriformis muscle, sciatic nerve or anomalous pat of the sciatic nerve

Secondary = trauma of pelvis/buttocks (macro, micro, repetitive)


Where is the sciatic nerve relative to the piriformis?

Sometimes the nerve enters over the muscle,
Sometimes below the muscle
Sometimes through the belly of the muscle.


What is the primary action of the Piriformis. What else can it do?

Hip external rotator.

With hip flexion > 90 degrees, it is also a hip abductor


What is the common symptom profile of a patient with Piriformis syndrome?

- Pain in the buttock/sacroiliac joint region that may radiate to hip and backside of thigh, all the way down to the KNEE, but not inferior to the knee.
- Paresthesia down the course of the sciatic nerve
- vascular symptoms are much less common, but possible.


A patient is presented sitting down with the hip externally rotated. You attempt a straight leg raise test and note pain with passive lower extremity elevation. What is this a sign of?

Piriformis syndrome


A hypertonic piriformis will create what type of torsion with the axis? Where is the rotation created?

Forward torsion w/ rotation created opposite to the side of the tight piriformis.


In a pifiromis syndrome, What direction will L5 rotate to the torsion? Give an example.

L5 will rotate opposite to the torsion.
Example, for a Left on Left, L5 will rotate right.


What percentage of individuals with piriformis syndrome are due to anatomic variation (a primary cause)?



What are some secondary causes of piriformis syndrome?

Running (repetitive)
Soccer (truck forcibly rotate while food is firmly planted on the ground).
Sacral/Pelvic somatic dysfunctions
Strucural causes (masses, fibrosis, scarring, hematomas)


How do you diagnosis piriformis syndrome?

- Prone testing of piriformis Lenth
- Seated piriformis test w/ (+) piriformis sign
- Straight leg raise test
- Muscle strengtht testing reflexes
- EMG testing


What is an EMG test and what is a positive EMG result?

EMG test tests electrical activity in the muscles. Altered electrical activity is present if a nerve is compressed.

In piriformis syndrome, altered electrical activity will be present DISTAL to the compression, while muscles proximal to compression will show normal electrical activity.


Which muscles would show altered electrical activity in a piriformis EMG test? Which muscles would show a normal EMG?

Abnormal/altered = hamstrings
Normal = gluteus medius and erector spinae


What is the cause of Lumbar Radiculopathy? How does this EMG test results differ to a piriformis syndrome test?

Lumbar Radiculopathy is caused by a nerve compressed by a herniated disc/lesion.

On the EMG, all muscles distal to the compression will exhibit altered electrical activity. Therefore, the erector spinae may show altered electrical activity.


What is the treatment protocol for piriformis syndrome?

1. Remove cause
2. OMT
- Address underlying functional/structural pathology
- Treat with: Strain/Counterstrain, Myofascial release, Muscle energy, Spray and stretch,
3. Therapeutic Exercise
4. Muscle relaxants/NSAIDs
5. Injection of tender points


What is an easy way to self-treat piriformis syndrome?

Exercise and Home Stretching via piriformis stretching and muscle pump


For myofascial release, do you treat perpendicular to muscle fibers or parallel to muscle fibers?



What does the muscle energy treatment for the piriformis look like?

Because the Piriformis is an external rotator of the femur, a contracted piriformis restricts internal rotation.

In treatment, the physician sits at the side of the leg with restriction. Leg is bent 90 degrees at the knee while the patient is supine. Operator leans leg into internal rotation and patient pushes into external rotation.


For counterstrain treatment of the piriformis, where are the three tenderpoints and what position should the patient be?

- mid-pole: near origin of the piriformis
- In the belly of the piriformis
- High flare out sacroiliac (associated with coccygodynia)

Patient should be placed in piroette position = abduct thigh, externally rotate leg, flex patient's knee.


Where is the origin of the piriformis?

Pelvic surface of the lateral part of the sacrum at the second through fourth sacral segmental levels, and the sacrotuberous ligament


What is the spray and stretch method of treating the piriformis?

Spray and Stretch = Spray of ethyl chloride or fluorimethane over buttocks in direction of Piriformis fibers

Follow up with Piriformis trigger point injection of
Lidocaine into piriformis trigger point or in the second trigger point point near trochanteric
insertion of muscle.


What are other pharmacologic treatments for piriformis syndrome?

BOTOX, NSAIDs, Corticosteroids, and surgery (last resort)


What is Coccygodynia?

pain in the coccyx


Anteriorly, the coccyx is concave or convex?



What is the etiology of coccygodynia?

idiopathic (disease related) or tumor


What are the basic symptoms of coccygodynia

- Pinpoint pain at coccyx
-Inability to sit, or to sit in backwards leaning position (thus often sit forward or shift weight to the side)
- Pain may worsen during bowel movements or sex
- Possible muscle pain in coccygeus or levator ani


What are possible differential diagnosis for coccygodynia?

- Sacral somatic dysfunction
- Lumbar somatic dysfunction
- Lumbar degenerative disk disease
- Lumbar facet arthropathy/spondylosis
- Lumbar spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis
- Piriformis syndrome


What is the OMT treatment for coccydynia?

Extra rectal (if possible)
Intra rectal (if necessary)

w/ or without lidocaine

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What else besides OMT can be used to treat coccydynia?

- Medicaiton (NSAIDs, oral corticosteroids)
- Ganglion sympathetic block
- Epidural injection
- Surgical intervention (though high rate of post surgical complications)