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Discussion: Anyone find relief for piriformis syndrome?

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July 5, 2014
Men's 55
288 posts
Anyone find relief for piriformis syndrome?
I have had for over a year, due to a bad L5 disk. Nerve pinches and fires through this tendon and it cramps deep inside my glutes. It cramps every time I swing, making it hard to be consistent and it cramps about 2 hours after sleep each night. I have tried stretching, and have started chiro...and have an inversion table. All seem to have done little. Has anyone had any luck getting this to subside?
July 5, 2014
Men's 60
205 posts

I too suffer from sciatica (right side) with pain localized to the deep glute area. Occasionally, the pain radiates down the leg near the back of my knee, but very rarely.

Aside from the stretching, I lay on my right side, support my upper body with my forearm, put a softball under the piriformis muscle area and roll that area on the ball. It seems to be a trigger point area and does offer some pain relief.

I also carry a tennis ball in my car...long drives tend to aggravate the pain in the glute area. When that happens, I just put the tennis ball right on the glute area (yes, I sit on the ball) and roll it right on the nerve. Temporary relief for sure.

Good luck

Tony Baltazar
So Cal 55 - Major
July 6, 2014
Men's 55
288 posts
Thanks..Ill give that a shot.
July 6, 2014
24 posts
Bogie I had the same problem a year ago. I did not play for 7 weeks. I went to physical therapy. Lots of motrin and ICE and lots of walking and stretching.The hardest thing to do was not to play but I am glad that I did.I still have a glute problem when I play to much but I know how to deal with it now.I think this is something that will always be there. I think the best thing to do if possible is to rest and lots of ICE. Hope this helps
July 6, 2014
Men's 60
1024 posts
Bogie a couple things I do. I use a foam roller daily you can find them at any good sporting goods store, when I was in rehab it was Pilates based I swear by Pilates and google the figure 4 stretch it really helps stretch the muscles in that area. Good luck. Tony advice is really good same principle as using a foam roller except the balls go deeper.
July 6, 2014
Men's 65
3146 posts
I used a foam roller when I had iliotibial band syndrome a month ago. It corrected my problem in a week!
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