| Piriformis Syndrome & Hip Pain Piriformis syndrome is an uncommon neuromuscular disorder that is caused when the piriformis muscle compresses the sciatic nerve. This muscle is involved in the lower body to stabilize the hip joint and lift and rotate the thigh away from the body. The Piriformis muscle aids us to walk, shift our weight from one foot to another, and maintain balance. This muscle is also very important in playing sports; especially Golf and Tennis. When this syndrome is in place, it can cause extreme hip pain. Poor Posture One of the most common causes of hip pain is poor posture. It’s easy to get into bad posture habits without even realizing it – even an activity as “innocent” as reading in bed can ultimately lead to pain, hip problems, and more serious problems. If you must sit for an extended period, make sure your posture is good: Keep your head in a neutral position, make sure your back is supported, keep your knees slightly lower than your hips, and rest your arms if possible. Call our Tulsa Pro Hip Doctor chiropractic office to make an appointment, so we can help you and your family!