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Piriformis Syndrome Exercises: Alleviating a Pain in the Butt

My hip hurts. That’s how I kept describing this ache near the top of my rump,

until my PT finally said it’s your glutes and probably your Piriformis muscle.

Wait, did he just say I have a literal pain in the ass??

Indeed and it’s a truly common issue.

Here is what you need to know!

Step 1: Is it your piriformis muscle causing pain?

Could your hip pain actually be your piriformis like mine was? It’s not always easy to diagnose on your own,

but there are some common symptoms and a few tests you can try.

The most common symptoms of piriformis syndrome are:

  • deep pain in your bum (only on one side)
  • pain that radiating down the back of the leg (can go all the way to the calf sometimes)
  • numbness or tingling in the glute and back of leg

The piriformis muscle is a muscle in your glute that extends from the base

of the spine out to the top of your thigh bone, which is why you could feel pain that you

point to in your hip or your bum.

Tightness here can compress your sciatic nerve, which extends all the way down to your foot.

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