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Piriformis Syndrome: A Common Pain for Firefighters

By John Hofman Firefighters have a very high rate of back problems, which can have a crippling effect. Yet, do we know what the problem really is? We often self-diagnose ourselves with "It's a slipped disk" or "I have a sciatic problem." in truth, we really do not know. Does this sound familiar? A simple visit to the doctor's office... Doctor (DR): Good morning. How are you feeling? Firefighter (FF): Not too good, Doc. My back is killing me. DR: Really? Where does it hurt? [Didn't you just tell him that?] FF: Right here in my lower back (as you point to right near the  piriformis). DR: Does it hurt when you do this? FF: Yes. DR: Tell me your symptoms. What do you ...

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