Piriformis syndrome is a challenging cause of buttock pain in runners and other athletes. Often it develops over time but occasionally it can be related to a traumatic event. You might complain of pain in the buttock and occasionally pain that runs down the back of the thigh. Treatment is usually nonsurgical. Rest or avoiding offending activities, anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy for dry needling, other manual therapy, stretching and strengthening the muscles around the hip and pelvis can all be helpful. Often doing some exercises for piriformis syndrome can relieve your pain and allow you to get back to what you love to do.

In this video, physical therapist Yves Gege and I show a few exercises you can do to try to recover from piriformis syndrome.

Remember, these exercise posts, like other information on this site, are not intended to represent specific medical advice. If you have any questions about this injury or of its treatment, make sure to see your doctor or a physical therapist.

Also read:
Piriformis syndrome: What is it, and how can you get better?