A missed syndrome in chronic pelvic pain: Piriformis syndrome

P Y Bahat, G Turan, S C Okur


Piriformis syndrome is a condition that is often overlooked, and that should be considered when assessing chronic pelvic pain. Patients usually describe deeply localised pain in the gluteal region where the piriformis muscle is located. Patients with piriformis syndrome have long-term chronic pelvic pain. The diagnosis and treatment process of such patients is challenging. It can be diagnosed with an accurate examination and anamnesis, and can be treated using various methods.

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P Y Bahat, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Kanuni Sultan Süleyman Training and Research Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey

G Turan, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Faculty of Medicine, Gazi University, Ankara, Turkey

S C Okur, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Unit, Sadi Konuk Training and Research Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey

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chronic pelvic pain; Piriformis syndrome; lower back pain; trigger point

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South African Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 2019;25(3):72-74. DOI:10.7196/sajog.1390

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Date submitted: 2018-09-18
Date published: 2020-04-24

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