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Kashaf Faraz
Sania Naz
Zavata Afnan
Sania Anwaar
Ayesha Sadiq
Maria Riaz
Amber Shabbir
Kirran Sikandar Gondal
Sabahat Ali Sheikh
Zainab Waqar


Conventional physical therapy, myofascial release technique, piriformis syndrome


Background: The Piriformis syndrome is a condition leads to encroachment of the sciatic nerve in piriformis muscle, causing pain in buttock, sciatica or both. Physical therapy is considered to be an essential treatment for patients with piriformis syndrome, but the literature lacks the evidence in effectiveness of the myofascial release technique. 

Objective: To determine the comparative effects of myofascial release technique along with conventional PT on pain and functional disability in patients of piriformis syndrome.

Methodology: Sixty-six individuals (46 females and 20 males) with deep gluteal syndrome, were assessed from District Headquarter Layyah. The participants were randomly subjected into two groups after fulfilling the inclusion criteria, receiving conventional physical therapy and myofascial release technique along with conventional physiotherapy. The outcome measures were pain (NPRS) and functional disability (LEFS) collected at the baseline, 6th session, and 12th session. 

Results: Mean age for participants was 35.99± 7.48 years. The within-group analysis manifested a statistically significant alleviation in pain and functional disability (P<0.05). The between group analysis showed myofascial release technique along with conventional physiotherapy was found to be more effective in alleviating pain and functional disability as compared to routine physical therapy group (P<0.05) at the 6th week and 12th week). 

Conclusion: The present study strongly impasses that conventional physical therapy with and without myofascial release technique (MRT) are significantly effective in alleviating pain and reducing functional disability.

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