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Piriformis Syndrome

Piriformis syndrome is a condition which is characterised by spasms and pain located in the buttock region. It is highly treatable with rest and physical therapy. However, if your symptoms persist or worsen, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible.

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DR. ONG KEE LEONG

Piriformis Syndrome

Piriformis syndrome is a condition which is characterised by spasms and pain located in the buttock region. It is highly treatable with rest and physical therapy. However, if your symptoms persist or worsen, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible.

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What Is Piriformis Syndrome?

Piriformis syndrome is a neuromuscular condition when the piriformis muscle (a pear-shaped muscle in the buttocks) compresses the sciatic nerve (a nerve that extends from the lower spine all the way down to the foot). This results in pain in the buttocks and hips.

Signs & Symptoms

  • Pain in the buttocks (pain may worsen with activity)
  • Tenderness
  • Numbness or tingling sensation in your buttocks

Treatment

Common treatment options for piriformis syndrome include:

  • Rest
  • Alternate ice and heat compressions to relieve symptoms
  • Over-the-counter (OTC) painkillers such as ibuprofen or naproxen
  • Physical therapy, which includes simple stretching and strengthening exercises

If symptoms do not subside after performing the above options, the following methods may be required:

  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Mild electric current therapies such as iontophoresis or transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulator (TENS) treatment can relieve muscle tension and reduce pain.
  • Surgery. However, this is a last resort and is very rarely used as a treatment option for piriformis syndrome.

Causes

  • Overuse of the muscles
  • A direct injury such as a fall or hit
  • A prolonged period of inactivity (especially if you have a sedentary lifestyle)
  • Lifting heavy loads

Doctor’s Examination and Diagnosis

A diagnosis of piriformis syndrome may consist of a review of your medical history, exercise background, symptoms experienced as well as a physical examination. The physical assessment will include a range of movements that checks for mobility and signs of pain.

Further imaging tests such as an MRI scan or ultrasound can help to eliminate other hip conditions causing pain.

Why Do Patients Choose Dr Ong Kee Leong?

  • Dr. Ong Is Passionate In Sports, Giving Him A Deep Understanding Of Sports-Related Injuries And How They Can Be Treated
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About Dr. Ong Kee Leong

Senior Consultant, MBBS (Singapore), MMed (Ortho), FRCSEd (Ortho)

Dr. Ong Kee Leong is a fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeon. He subspecializes in shoulder and knee, foot and ankle, hand wrist and elbow surgeries, arthroscopic sports surgery, and the management of sports-related injuries.

He has been registered with the Singapore Medical Council as a specialist in Orthopaedic Surgery since 2011.

  • MBBS, National University of Singapore (NUS) Faculty of Medicine 2001
  • Member of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh 2007
  • Master of Medicine in Orthopaedic Surgery (NUS) 2007
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in Orthopaedic Surgery 2011
  • Health Manpower Development Plan (HMDP) Scholarship, Ministry of Health 2012-2013:
  • Sports Surgery and Arthroscopy in Germany (Hannover)
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Lee Kong Chian School Of Medicine, Nanyang Technological University
  • Senior Clinical Lecturer, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, NUS
Awards & Teaching
  • Dr. Ong had received numerous awards such as Best Service and Eastern Health Alliance Caring (Gold) Awards.
  • He also has an interest in clinical research and has written papers in multiple peer-review journals. As a Core Faculty of Singhealth Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program, he oversees the training of junior orthopaedic surgeons.
  • Regularly invited to teach local and regional surgeons in Shoulder and Knee Surgery Courses.
  • He is a recipient of multiple teaching awards including the Singhealth Residency Outstanding Faculty Awards from 2014-2016 and Changi General Hospital Outstanding Educator Awards 2015-2016.

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