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Botox Injection for Piriformis Syndrome

Botulinum injection also known as Botox® injections is effective in the management of piriformis syndrome.  Piriformis syndrome is a condition that occurs due to the irritation of the sciatic nerve by the piriformis muscle. The sciatic nerve is a thick, long nerve passing through or below the piriformis muscle, which is located in the buttock region connecting the sacrum to the outer surface of the hip. This muscle is involved in various movements such as walking and running. Piriformis syndrome can occur when the piriformis muscle undergoes spasm and exerts pressure on the sciatic nerve causing pain in the buttock region which radiates to the back of the thigh and the leg.

Botox® injections are used to ease spasm in the piriformis muscle and relieve pain. This therapy involves the injection of Botox® directly into the piriformis muscle, causing it to paralyze. This results in relaxation of the muscle which provides pain relief.

Botox injections do not provide a permanent solution, but only alleviate the pain for a few months. A stretching and rehabilitation program may also be used to resolve the problem. Once the effect of the injection wears off your symptoms may reappear.