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Piriformis Injection

A Piriformis Injection is a simple outpatient procedure performed to diagnose and treat buttock pain and sciatica. The Piriformis muscle attaches to the side of the sacrum (in the pelvis) out toward the top of the greater trochanter (hip area). The muscle, although small, stabilizes the hip joint and assists with moving the hip and leg outward. There is a right and left sided muscle both of which overly or may be bisected by the sciatic nerve. As such, piriformis pain can result in sciatic nerve pain running down the back of the leg. Symptoms may also be present in the low back, hip and groin area. A Piriformis injection is designed to reduce inflammation and swelling around the nerves that pass through or close to the Piriformis muscle.

The diagnosis of Piriformis syndrome is based on the physical examination. Other causes of buttock and leg pain need to be ruled out, including herniated discs, pinched nerves, and spinal stenosis.

A Piriformis injection is performed as an outpatient with IV sedation. With the aid of fluoroscopy (x-ray guidance), a needle is advanced to the Piriformis muscle. Contrast (dye) is injected to verify proper needle tip placement. A combination of steroid and local anesthesia (numbing medicine) is injected and the needle is removed. Immediate relief may be felt from the local anesthetic effects.  The steroid provides more sustained relief, but usually takes several days to reach full effect.

The injected anesthetic may produce temporary leg weakness or numbness. Complications with this type of injection may include temporary increase in pain, bleeding, infection, and possible allergic reaction to any substances injected.  The patient will be monitored until these symptoms resolve. Patients may benefit from a combined physical therapy program designed to strengthen and stretch the Piriformis muscle.

How Do I Know if I have Piriformis Injection

If you are certain that Piriformis Injection is the right treatment for you based on a referral from a doctor or recommendation from another surgeon, the highly skilled surgeons at Advanced Orthopedics are a great choice for getting this procedure done.

With some of the most skilled and highly qualified surgeons in the industry, Advanced Orthopedics has one of the highest success rates. This in part is due to making sure patients we accept as candidates go through a candidacy checking process.

To get started just click the link below and take 5 minutes to answer the questions as accurately as possible. Once we receive your answers one of our professional staff will review them and get back in touch with you to provide feedback and let you know if you are a candidate and what the next steps are to getting you back to living pain free.

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What is the Right Treatment for Me?

You may have heard about Piriformis Injection before and are wondering whether or not it is the right treatment for you. If you are not sure this is the right choice of treatment you should explore other options to make sure that the treatment you get is definitely the one you need.

As a part of Advanced Orthopedics' commitment to our patients, we have put together a quick and easy to use tool to help determine whether stem cell injection therapy is the right treatment for you.

To get started just click on the link below and take 5 minutes to accurately fill out the questions. Once submitted one of the professionals at Advanced Orthopedics will review your submission and get back in touch with you to provide you with the answers you need to get on the path to living pain free.

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