Piriformis Steroid Injections


The piriformis muscle of your buttock attaches to the side of the sacrum, which is the side, flat bone at the base of your spine just above your tailbone. It rotates the leg outward and helps to hold the hip in joint when it is bearing weight. First, local anesthetic is administered. Then the doctor will insert the needle into the piriformis muscle. A small electric current will pass through this needle into the muscle. This will help the doctor the most painful spot. The doctor will then inject the steroid and anesthetic into this area. This will reduce inflammation and swelling around the nerves that pass through the piriformis muscle. This in turn can reduce your pain, numbness and tingling. Discussing the benefits and risks with your doctor is strongly encouraged; results vary on a case-to-case basis.

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