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What are the symptoms of piriformis syndrome?

Juan P. Villablanca, MD
Neuroradiology
Symptoms of piriformis syndrome, a condition involving spasms of the piriformis muscle in the buttock, include leg pain and/or weakness, back pain and buttock pain. The buttock pain tends to radiate down the back of the leg, sometimes all the way down to the foot. Symptoms of piriformis syndrome are similar to those caused by sciatica. Sciatica is inflammation of the sciatic nerve, the large nerve in the lower back that runs down each leg. In some cases, spasms of the piriformis muscle can irritate the sciatic nerve, causing leg pain, numbness and tingling.
Daniel R. Spogen, MD
Family Medicine
Symptoms of piriformis syndrome include numbness, tingling and pain, usually in the buttock or hip. It is usually one sided and can radiate down into the leg.

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