Piriformis injections are a type of procedure used to diagnose and treat pain caused by Piriformis syndrome. The Piriformis muscle is a small muscle located in the buttocks that helps with hip rotation.
During the procedure, a local anesthetic and/or anti-inflammatory medication is injected into the Piriformis muscle to reduce inflammation and relieve pain. If the patient experiences significant pain relief after the injection, it confirms that the pain is originating from the Piriformis muscle.
Piriformis injections are typically used to treat chronic pain caused by Piriformis syndrome, which is a condition that occurs when the Piriformis muscle compresses the sciatic nerve, causing pain in the buttocks, hips, and legs. It is a minimally invasive procedure that can be performed on an outpatient basis and has few side effects.
The effects of the injection can last for a few weeks to several months, depending on the individual and their condition. If the pain relief is significant, additional treatments such as physical therapy, chiropractic treatment, or medication management may be recommended to manage the underlying condition causing the Piriformis syndrome.« Back to Glossary Index