Type of Article:  Original Research

Volume 7; Issue 5 (October 2019)

Page No.: 3252-3256

DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.16965/ijpr.2019.163


Vani vijayan *1, Pavithra. S 2.

*1 Assistant Professor, Faculty of physiotherapy, Dr.MGR Educational And Research Institute, Velappanchavadi, Chennai, Tamilnadu, India.

2 Faculty of physiotherapy, Dr.MGR Educational And Research Institute, Velappanchavadi, Chennai, Tamilnadu, India.

Corresponding Author: Dr. Vani vijayan MPT (ortho), Assistant Professor, Faculty of physiotherapy, Dr.MGR Educational And Research Institute, Velappanchavadi, Chennai – 600077, Tamilnadu, India. Mob no: +919551506988. E-Mail: vani.aravind06@gmail.com


Objective: The present comparative study isto find out the effectiveness between the muscle energy techniques versus stretching in patient with piriformis syndrome along with short wave diathermy.

Background: Piriformis syndrome is an uncommon neuromuscular condition misdiagnosed with sciatica because sciatic nerve may be compressed by the piriformis muscle. The signs and symptoms are similar to the sciatica. This study is helpful for the diagnosis of PS and to relieve pain, increase muscle length, decrease inflammation, increase range of motion using MET and stretching along with SWD.

Methodology: This comparison study setting was done in Physiotherapy Department of ACS Medical College And Hospital by Pre-Post interventional type. Female subjects aged between 30-55 who hada gluteal pain and a positive test of pace abduction test and freiburg’s test were included.  From the above criteria, subjects were divided into two groups by simple convenient sampling method. Treatment duration was 10-15 min/session for 14 sessions/week for two weeks. Visual Analog Scale (VAS), Lower Extremity Functional Scale (LEFS) were used as the outcome measures.

Procedure: Based on the inclusion and exclusion criteria and outcome measures, 30 female subjects were separated into two groups and Group A (15 subjects) were received MET and Group B (15 subjects) were  received static stretching. Along with these, both group were received Short Wave Diathermy.

Result: On comparing the Mean values of Group A & Group B on VAS Scores& LEFSgroup A showed a highly significant difference in Mean values at P ≤ 0.001.

KEY WORDS: Piriformis syndrome, Visual Analog Scale (VAS), Lower Extremity Functional Scale (LEFS), Muscle energy techniques (MET), static stretching.


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Cite this article: Vani vijayan, Pavithra. S. EFFECTIVENESS OF MUSCLE ENERGY TECHNIQUE VERSUS STRETCHING IN SUBJECTS WITH PIRIFORMIS SYNDROME. Int J Physiother Res 2019;7(5):3252-3256. DOI: 10.16965/ijpr.2019.163