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Piriformis Muscle Injection

Anatomy of Piriformis Muscles

The piriformis muscle is present in the buttocks, connecting the sacrum to the outer surface of the hip. This muscle enables us to walk and run. The sciatic nerve is a thick, long nerve passing through or below the piriformis muscle.

What is Sciatica?

A spasm of the piriformis muscle can compress the sciatic nerve, leading to severe pain (sciatica). The pain is usually felt over the buttocks but may radiate to the back of the thigh and down the leg as well.

What is Piriformis Muscle Injection?

A piriformis muscle injection is used to alleviate the spasm and pain of sciatica. The injection comprises an anaesthetic and steroid to reduce the spasm.

Piriformis Muscle Injection Procedure

The entire procedure usually takes 15-20 minutes. You will lie on your stomach. A local anaesthetic is used to numb the area of injection. Your doctor will insert the needle into the piriformis muscle under fluoroscopic guidance. A small amount of the contrast dye is injected to guide your doctor in the proper placement of the needle. After confirming the position of the needle, a steroid-anaesthetic mix is injected into the piriformis muscle. After injecting the medication, the needle is removed, and the injection site is covered with a Band-Aid. In most patients, the pain resolves with 1 or 2 injections. However, 3 injections may be required to achieve complete benefit.

After Piriformis Muscle Injection Procedure

Following the procedure, you may experience nausea, sweating, dizziness, etc. You may also develop weakness or numbness in the leg for a few hours. You may also notice a slight swelling, redness, bruising and tenderness at the injection site, which may subside within a short period of time. Once your doctor has confirmed that you are stable, you will be discharged to go home. Additional instructions and a follow-up appointment will be given to you at the time of your discharge.

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2024-02-02
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I visited this facility in January for severe back pain I was experiencing. The whole ordeal from beginning to end was amazing. I wish I had known about this place years ago before suffering from so much pain. Dr. Mehreen Iqbal, her assistant Michealle Dooley and their staff is the best. I had a procedure done on 1/17/24 and I no longer suffer from back pain and I'm able to walk again. I highly recommend this facility, 10 Stars!!!
Ann Adkins
Ann Adkins
2024-02-01
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Wonderful experience with Dr. Iqbal & her staff! She is amazing! She listens to her patients & immediately developed a plan to address my back & neck pain. I already feel SO much better and am confident that her plan for me will mean continued improvement. Her staff is wonderful too - friendly, helpful & responsive. I highly recommend Dr. Iqbal & her team!
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Camille Adams
2024-01-22
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The staff are very kind and helpful, and Dr. Iqbal is very good at what she does. Would recommend to all my friends and family.
Noor Malik
Noor Malik
2024-01-02
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My PCP recommended Dr. Mehreen and she was wonderful through out the entire injection process. She took her time explaining everything and was patient through out the process. In my opinion, she is the best pain management doc around.
Jessie Wilson
Jessie Wilson
2023-12-08
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2023-12-08
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2023-12-04
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Excellent doctor. Dr. Iqbal explained every thing in detail and laid out a very clear plant to treat the problem/pain.