Do you have hip pain, sciatica, piriformis syndrome or just a pain in the butt?

Do you experience pain sitting for long periods?  Does walking or running hurt your hip or back?  Do you have numbness, tingling or symptoms in your leg, thigh or foot?

If you answered yes to any of these questions you may have a hip muscle problem or hip arthritis.  The problem may be a spasm and over tightening of your piriformis muslce, which can pinch the sciatic nerve.  The origin of the problem may certainly originate elsewhere, like your back, knee, foot or other leg, however releasing the piriformis and stretching your hip can significantly reduce your pain and increase your ability to sit for long periods or resume your normal activity level.  This is a video that shows a great massage technique and stretch for your hip.

If you have any concern or are unsure about where your pain or limitations are coming from, be sure to make an appointment with a physical therapist who can diagnose your movement problem and help you on your way to feeling better and enjoying your daily activities again.

About The Author

Aaron LeBauer

Dr. Aaron LeBauer is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist. He owns LeBauer Physical Therapy, LLC, with his wife Andra, in Greensboro, N.C. He earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Elon University in 2008. Dr. LeBauer graduated from Duke University in 1996 with a B.A. in History and moved to San Francisco where he studied Massage Therapy and Health Education at the National Holistic Institute. He has specialized in Myofascial Release since 2000 and is an Instructor with the John F. Barnes MFR Seminars. A native of Greensboro, Dr. LeBauer returned in 2005 to continue the third generation of LeBauers as health care professionals in Greensboro. Dr. LeBauer enjoys riding one of his vintage Vespa and Lambretta scooters or his bicycle to work. He has raced bicycles since high school and as a category 1 amateur all over the United States. He was based out of Northern California and North Carolina and spent a very memorable summer racing in Belgium, France and the Netherlands. He enjoys working in his garden and has an edible landscape including pears, apples, scuppernogs (native muscadine grapes), raspberries, blueberries, figs, various seasonal vegetables and shiitake mushrooms. He has two beautiful daughters and an amazing wife.

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