A condition in which the piriformis muscle located in the buttock spasms and causes buttock pain and can lead to irritation of the sciatic nerve causing pain, numbness and tingling along the back of the leg and into the foot. Pain typically increases with prolonged sitting and walking up a flight of stairs or inclines.
The Physical Therapists at Apple Physical Therapy will design a personalized treatment plan specific to you and your injury that will include stretching and range of motion exercises to improve mobility in your back and legs. The stretching exercises we will prescribe will mainly target the piriformis muscle and hamstring muscles, but it is important to also stretch the surrounding musculature. We will also incorporate specific strengthening exercises focused on your core musculature and the muscles of your arms and legs to allow you to maintain proper posture both at rest and during activity. Manual therapy (gentle hands on techniques) such as massage and stretching may be used to improve the mobility of stiff joints and tight muscles (in this case the piriformis muscle) that may be contributing to your symptoms. If necessary, your PT may elect to use modalities such as heat, ice and/or electrical stimulation to help reduce pain and ready the body for exercise.
With convenient locations in both Cherry Hill NJ and Marlton NJ, Apple Physical Therapy proudly serves such areas as Cherry Hill, Marlton, Medford, Voorhees, Mount Laurel, Maple Shade, Berlin, Moorestown and all of South Jersey’s Camden and Burlington counties. If you are looking for a Physical Therapist in the Cherry Hill area, we welcome you to our practice. Meet our team and schedule your appointment with us today!