How to Self-diagnose Piriformis
- 1). When the piriformis muscle irritates the sciatic nerve, you will feel pain deep in the buttock, down the back of the thigh and into the lower back. If the pain increases with physical activity, such as running or walking, or when you sit down, you have the telltale signs of piriformis syndrome.
- 2). Pay attention to the quality of the pain. Do you feel tingling, burning or numbness anywhere from your lower back to your lower thigh? Do you get relief of your symptoms when you simply stand without moving your legs? If yes, assume for now that your sciatic nerve is under stress, and try the following to get some relief.
- 3). Take note of what brings on or aggravates the pain. For example, if the pain returns or increases every time you walk, suspend that activity while you're treating the problem. For healing, it's important that you allow your body to rest.
- 4). Ice your buttock for 20 to 30 minutes every 3 to 4 hours. This will help reduce any inflammation. Then, slowly and without pushing your body to do more than it can, start stretching your piriformis muscle daily. Both physical therapy and specific yoga stretches have been shown to relieve the symptoms of piriformis syndrome.