The Right Action For Piriformis Syndrome?
I am 20 years old, I have been more than 3 months with pirformis syndrome. I went to the hospital and was X-rayed too, but the doctor only gave me 4 drugs for medication and advised me to have an MRI scan. Until now it has not healed well, what actions should I do. Do I have to have an MRI scan? then the cost must be expensive right? Are there any actions I should take besides MRI scans? Thank you..
Hello Arif, thank you for asking.
Piriformis syndrome is caused by suppression of the sciatic nerve by the Piriformis muscle. Generally found in people whose work history requires a lot of sitting, or using a lot of lower back muscles, buttocks, and thighs. Symptoms include lower back pain to the buttocks and legs, accompanied by stiff muscles in the area. In chronic conditions, muscles can also experience weakness, so people will have difficulty walking, climbing stairs, and balance disorders.
Doctors recommend MRI to assess whether there are conditions other than Piriformis syndrome. It may be found that the spinal cord is pinched, vascular disorders, spinal disorders, or the presence of tumors in the spine. Doctors also need MRI to determine the cause of the Piriformis syndrome.
Treatment depends on the doctor's judgment and patient's willingness. The drug is used to relax stiff muscles, suppress pain, and suppress the inflammatory process. Corticosteroid injection can also be done in the problematic area. Drug therapy must indeed be consumed for a long time, so that to increase the effectiveness and speed of healing, people with Piriformis syndrome must routinely carry out continuous physiotherapy. Physiotherapy is done several times a week in a hospital or clinic, then the remaining days, you can learn and practice simple physiotherapy methods that you can do yourself at home or office. If the condition is very bad and disturbs daily life, the doctor may recommend surgery.
At this time, you should do the recommended examination, as an initial reference for your doctor so you can plan further therapy. In the meantime, limit heavy activities and do not lift heavy objects. You can help reduce pain with cold compresses. Make sure your sleeping pad is a mattress that is hard enough so that your back isn't curved. Thus information from us, may be useful. Regards.