Piriformis muscle syndrome: An underdiagnosed cause of sciatica

  title={Piriformis muscle syndrome: An underdiagnosed cause of sciatica},
  author={Zulfiqar Ali Durrani and Alon P. Winnie},
  journal={Journal of pain and symptom management},
  volume={6 6},
This is a retrospective review of 26 patients with sciatica due to the piriformis muscle syndrome. Most patients had pain in the buttock area and sciatica, and most experienced difficulty walking and sitting, even for short periods of time. Reproduction of the sciatica upon deep palpation, either by gluteal or rectal route, was diagnostic. Reproduction of sciatica occurred in 92% of the patients upon deep digital palpation and in 100% of the patients upon rectal or pelvic examination. Other… CONTINUE READING


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