Can You Treat Piriformis Syndrome Yourself (AKA Deep Gluteal Syndrome or Hip Related Sciatica)

You can treat piriformis syndrome yourself! Piriformis Syndrome is also known as “deep gluteal syndrome” or “hip related sciatica”.  This condition is related to irritation of the sciatic nerve as it runs through the pelvis, between the buttock muscles.  Pain can be felt deep in the buttock and/or may radiate down the leg, sometimes even as far as the foot.  You can read more about what this condition is in the “read more” links at the bottom of this blog.

So How can You Treat Piriformis Syndrome Yourself

At HipPainHelp we have produced an extensive self help program designed to take you through early, and then more progressive stages of your recovery from Piriformis Syndrome.  

Firstly there are 7 educational lessons provided via online video.  These will:

  1. Educate you about this condition and what exactly it is
  2. Explain the different reasons the condition might have occurred
  3. Help you understand what you can do to help relieve your pain
  4. Teach you key activities and positions to avoid, or take care with, so to avoid flare ups

Learn A Progressive Self Exercise Program

The Self-Help program teaching you how you can treat Piriformis Syndrome yourself will then take you through a series of exercises.  This program aims to:

  • improve nerve health,
  • improve health of neighbouring structures,
  • address factors that might be part of the underlying cause and
  • address deconditioning (weakness) that has developed with the lack of normal activity.

The program provides you with a step by step progression from early, to intermediate to advanced levels.  You will be guided on how to know when to progress from one level to the next, with each level starting off with only a few exercises and then building up to encompass more repetitions as your condition settles.

How Do You Know If You Can Treat Piriformis Syndrome Yourself?

Lesson 1 is free – “Do I have Piriformis Syndrome, Deep Gluteal Syndrome or Hip Related Sciatica? (6:12 minutes)”.  This is a short video with questions and a simple diagnostic self-test to see if this self help program is likely to be of benefit to you – give it a try!

Learn More about this self help program so you learn how you can treat Piriformis Syndrome yourself

This program is written by Dr Alison Grimaldi who has over 30 years of clinical experience and particular expertise in the management of hip and buttock pain. Dr Grimaldi is Principal Physiotherapist at Physiotec and an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the University of Queensland. Alison works with patients with complex hip, buttock and lumbopelvic conditions at Physiotec, and continues to publish, present and provide practical workshops for other health professionals all across the world (online at the moment!). She has presented at many state, national & international conferences as an Invited or Keynote Speaker, and has run international seminars in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, United Arab Emirates, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Canada and the United States of America.

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Check Out More You Can Read on this Area at HipPainHelp:





Pain Locator Map visit here to learn more about back or peripheral nerve related pain in different regions around the hip and pelvis.

Hip-related Sciatica, including Piriformis Syndrome and Deep Gluteal Syndrome. Learn more about pain through the buttock related to nerves in that area.

Is My Hip Pain Nerve Pain (Neuralgia or Radicular Pain?  Nerve pain can occur around the hip and pelvis. Nerve pain can be caused by many things. Radicular pain relates to the back, neuralgia to local nerves.

Recovering from Piriformis Syndrome, Deep Gluteal Syndrome or Hip Related Sciatica.  If you feel your symptoms are referred from the back but may be due to the nerves that run directly through the pelvis and hip, this self help program may be for you.


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