The piriformis muscles connect the sacrum in the pelvis to aid in stabilizing and controlling the hip joints. These muscles can become irritated or inflamed from an injury or other condition, pressing on surrounding nerves. The sciatic nerves run underneath or near the piriformis muscles as they travel through the pelvis to each leg. In some cases, piriformis muscle inflammation can cause sciatic nerve pain, or sciatica. At CLEAR Wellness Group, we offer piriformis muscle injection treatment for sciatica pain at our clinic in Chicago.

The sciatic nerves are the largest nerves in the body, traveling from the lumbar spine down to each leg. Most sciatica pain is caused by irritation of the sciatic nerve roots as they exit the lumbar spine, causing lower back pain and radiating pain into the legs. When sciatic nerve pain is caused by pressure from the piriformis muscle, it can be misdiagnosed as a lumbar spine issue. To ensure the right treatment is performed, it is crucial to have an accurate diagnosis of the source of sciatic nerve pain.

Diagnosing and Treating Sciatic Nerve Pain

Sciatic nerve pain caused from pressure or irritation of the sciatic nerve can result in pain, numbness, tingling and weakness along the path of the sciatic nerve. This includes lower back, buttock, hip, leg and foot symptoms. Most sciatic nerve pain caused from piriformis muscle interference will begin in the pelvic, buttock or hip region and travel down one leg. To relieve symptoms, a piriformis muscle injection can be performed.

A piriformis muscle injection delivers a local anesthetic and steroid into the affected area. The local anesthetic may offer some immediate pain relief as it numbs the area, but the steroid can require a few days to relieve inflammation and pressure on the sciatic nerve. For some patients, one injection is all that is needed to obtain long-lasting results. Other patients may require additional injections to control inflammation.

If you have sciatic nerve pain, weakness or numbness traveling from one hip into the leg, contact us at CLEAR Wellness Group in Chicago. We can accurately diagnose the source of your sciatic nerve pain and offer an effective pain treatment, including piriformis muscle injections.