My back physiotherapy

On Good Friday I injured my back when running

I felt like a complete idiot

I had to go to the GP as I was in agony & had to get pain relief prescribed

Weeks on it isn’t as painful but it still isn’t right

When we were away walking caused me lots of pain, especially walking up hill

Through my work I have healthcare so I booked a physiotherapy assessment

I don’t want to have to keep relying on painkillers

I want to do something that is going to resolve or help the issue

I want to get back to the gym, my long distance running days may be over but I still want to do  & 10km runs.  Plus I feel so overweight at the moment, I need to start exercising to lose the weight

Last night I had my assessment & started some treatment

The physio listened to my issues & told me he thought I had Piriformis Syndrome.

Piriformis syndrome is a condition which is believed to result from compression of the sciatic nerve around the piriformis muscle.   Symptoms may include pain and numbness in the buttocks and down the leg.  Often symptoms are worsened with sitting or running.

piriformis syndrome

Causes may include trauma to the gluteal muscle, spasms of the piriformis muscle, anatomical variation, or an overuse injury.  Treatment may include avoiding activities that cause symptoms, stretching, physiotherapy, and medication such as NSAIDs.

He got me to do some movements with my leg & said that my muscle is really really tight.  He gave me a massage & did some prodding in the area.  He then gave me some stretches to do.  Due to the tightness of the muscles I need to loosen it before I can work on strengthening it.  The good news is though that it is fixable & I will be able to run again!  I have to do the stretches every day & also need to use a tennis ball to massage the area.

I’m not going to lie to you I was in a lot of pain when I got home, but at least it’s for a good reason.

I’m back in 2 weeks when hopefully I will have loosened off the muscle & he can start giving me strengthening exercises.  He said that if I keep up those exercises I will reduce the risk of it happening again, which is good by me as it’s been absolute agony!

Watch this space for how I get on

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