Piriformis Syndrome and Receiving Social Security Disability
Your piriformis muscle is located deep inside of your buttock. Its function is to externally abduct (pull away) and rotate your thigh.
In most people, the piriformis muscle is located right above your sciatic nerve. Your sciatic nerve begins in your lower back and runs down the back of your leg.
Piriformis syndrome is a neuromuscular disorder that is characterized by inflammation and irritation of your sciatic nerve. When your piriformis muscle becomes swollen and inflamed, it may exert pressure on your sciatic nerve that causes it to become inflamed and irritated.
Women are much more likely to develop piriformis syndrome than men. Women have this disorder 6 times as often as men.
As mentioned above, in most people the sciatic nerve is underneath your piriformis muscle. However, in 15 to 30% of the population, the sciatic nerve runs through the substance of the piriformis muscle. These people have a higher incidence of piriformis syndrome than the general population.
Piriformis syndrome is caused by irritation or compression of your sciatic nerve by your piriformis muscle. There are several things that can cause this to happen. These include:
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There are signs and symptoms that you may have that may be an indication of piriformis syndrome. Some of these are:
- Difficulties related to your sacroiliac joints like overstress or stiffness
- A rotational movement of your foot that is known as pronation
- Being in involved in sports, activities or exercise that call for forward movements/postures of your body
- Injury, trauma or stress in the area surrounding your piriformis muscle
- A combination of weaker abductors and relatively stronger adductors
- Overactive hip flexors and inactivation of gluteal muscles.
You or a loved one may have piriformis syndrome. Piriformis syndrome and complications that have resulted from and/or other disabling conditions that you may have along with this disorder may be the reason for you or your loved ones disability and not being able to work.
Your may need help if this is true. You may need financial assistance.
You or your loved one may be thinking about applying for the financial help that you need from the Social Security Administration by applying for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits because of the disability caused by piriformis syndrome and complications that have resulted from and/or other disabling conditions that you may have along with this disorder. You or your loved one may have already tried this option, and your claim was turned down by the Social Security Administration.
If you or your loved one is considering reapplying or appealing the denial, always remember. People who are represented by a disability attorney are approved more often than people who do not have a disability lawyer fighting for them.
Please do not hesitate. Contact the disability advocate at Disability Case Review, today.
- Chronic pain, numbness and tingling in your buttocks and the surrounding area
- Pain that may spread to your lower back, thigh and the back of your calf and get worse with sports activities like running or cycling
- Altered bowel habit
- Pain that gets worse when your sciatic nerve is pressed against in activities like sitting
- Pain when having sexual intercourse.