Just diagnosed with a glutenal muscle tear with scar tissue but also told of piriformis involvement by my physical therapist, have excruciating sciatic pain from hip to ankle. Lots of up and down stairs and ladders (I moved from a second floor apartment to newly renovated house 2 stories, with lots of painting to be done) precipitated the injury. I have had a s. muscle injection via a tens type machine, nerve block, and am taking baclofen–muscle relaxant to relax the muscle on the sciatic nerve, and Celebrex for pain. Told to rest but can be on my feet standing, sitting is painful but need to get back at it for my work mostly on computer. Will have an acupuncture treatment for the pain before another round with the physical therapist. Interested in your response to above, how long for healing? what should I do, not do? Sitting? standing? walking? cannot even think about running until this pain abates, 12 on a 10 scale…have been resting in bed for two days since I found out the prognosis, have finally gotten sleep as relaxant makes me drowsy, sitting only on high cushion for meals, toileting has been very painful even with high toilet. I will share this website with my physical therapist as it has the most up to date information I have found on the web, THANK YOU
Muscle energy techniques are an excellent way of improving the stretch of the muscle. This involves repeatedly contracting and relaxing the muscle whilst it is being stretched by rotating the femur bone inwards. The athlete lies on their front with the knee bent 90 degrees. The therapist gentle stretches the piriformis muscle by pushing the foot sideways towards the horizontal (as far as comfortable). The athlete then attempts to contract the piriformis muscle by pulling the leg back towards the horizontal while the therapist resists. This is alternated with the therapist gradually increasing the range of motion at the joint.