Ultrasound-Guided Piriformis Injection: Technique Description and Verification

Jay Smith, Mark Friedrich Hurdle, Adam J. Locketz, Stephen J. Wisniewski

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Abstract

Smith J, Hurdle M-F, Locketz AJ, Wisniewski SJ. Ultrasound-guided piriformis injection: technique description and verification. Piriformis injections are commonly used in the evaluation and treatment of patients presenting with buttock pain syndromes. Because of its small size, deep location, and relation to adjacent neurovascular structures, the piriformis is traditionally injected by using electromyographic, fluoroscopic, computed tomographic, or magnetic resonance imaging guidance. This report describes and verifies a technique for performing ultrasound-guided piriformis injections. Ultrasound offers several advantages over traditional imaging approaches, including accessibility, compact size, lack of ionizing radiation exposure, and direct visualization of neurovascular structures. With appropriate training and experience, interested physiatrists can consider implementing ultrasound-guided piriformis injections into their clinical practices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1664-1667
Number of pages4
JournalArchives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Volume87
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2006

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Keywords

  • Buttocks
  • Injections
  • Rehabilitation
  • Ultrasonography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation

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Ultrasound-Guided Piriformis Injection : Technique Description and Verification. / Smith, Jay; Hurdle, Mark Friedrich; Locketz, Adam J.; Wisniewski, Stephen J.

In: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Vol. 87, No. 12, 01.12.2006, p. 1664-1667.

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Smith, Jay ; Hurdle, Mark Friedrich ; Locketz, Adam J. ; Wisniewski, Stephen J. / Ultrasound-Guided Piriformis Injection : Technique Description and Verification. In: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 2006 ; Vol. 87, No. 12. pp. 1664-1667.
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