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RMJ. 2018; 43(4): 685-687

Frequency of Piriformis tightness in professionals middle aged women

Fahad Tanveer, Sana Shahid.

Objective: To assess the bad postural habits in young active middle aged woman that leads them in tight piriformis muscle, which may lead into further pain and complications of hip and lower limb.
Methodology: This was a case series conducted in Tertiary Care Hospitals, Lahore, Pakistan. Respondents were surveyed using sample of convenience consisting of 217 women. A questionnaire meant to collect demographics and frequency and intensity of Piriformis Syndrome was used. SPSS software was used to analyze data.
Results: There were 217 patients in the study. main results showed that marital status (61.2%) married and (17.4%) unmarried. Professional Doctor (37%), accountant (10.5%), professor (20.3%) and house wife (10.9%). Hours of duty were from 6-8 (25.7%), 9-11 (40.6%) and 12-15 (12.3%). The nature of work was usually standing (35.5%), sitting (13.4%), prolong sitting and short standing (7.2%) and prolonged standing and short sitting (22.5%). Discomfort was while sleeping (11.6%), no discomfort (43.5%) mild (19.6%) and (4%) severe.
Conclusion: Majority of respondents reported symptoms of piriformis syndrome ranging in mild to moderate severity. The aggravation of symptoms was associated mainly with sitting; however, the most frequent activity was also reported as sitting. Very small percentage was found involved in conditioning programs.

Key words: Piriformis Syndrome, physical therapy, professional women, piriformis tightness.

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