The Piriformis muscle and lumbopelvic injuries

Is there a relationship between the Piriformis muscle, low back pain and lower limb injuries?

Control and stability of the lumbopelvic region is critical for force transmission between the lower extremity and spine. Previous studies have shown that motor control training in the lumbopelvic complex can be an effective strategy for reducing the frequency of low back and lower extremity injuries in elite athletes.

Considering its role as a deep hip stabilizer, the authors set out to examine the relationship that the Piriformis muscle has with low back pain (LBP) and lower limb injuries. Overall it was shown that motor control training positively affected the piriformis muscle size and that size was also affected by the presence or absence of low back pain.


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