The injury often occurs when runners bump up their mileage too quickly, introduce speed sessions or sprints, or suffer a fall that directly injures the piriformis muscle. This is an injury that can sideline runners for weeks or months at a time.
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I wouldn't say that the cumulative effect of this experience has been to make me an evangelist for alternative medicine, but it has certainly moved me closer in that direction.
About 5 million of the 26 million Americans who suffer from low back pain each year, have piriformis syndrome.
If, like me, you're avoidance-prone where pain is concerned, here are five reasons not to ignore the problem any longer.
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