Happy New Year,
Last November, I posted regarding my bout with piriformsis syndrome. It seemed as if I was stricken overnight and totally shut down from doing anything, including sitting down. I was prescribed 6 weeks of PT, including ultrasound, and was doing stretching exercises 6 times per day. After 4 full weeks (3X PT per week) I was no better, and actually felt worse. Feeling discouraged, I decided to put the bike on the rollers (against the advice of my PT) and did a 30 minute spin session. I stretched out right after getting off the bike and felt a bit better. I kept up this routine and at the end of my PT (two weeks later) was on my way to recovery.
Fast forward to today.....
I am totally recovered and more flexible than I have been in a long time. I stretch 2X per day and spend 30 minutes after every bike workout on focused stretching.
My point in posting? Consider adding a series of stretching to your routine if you don't already. As we get older our muscles and tendons lose elasticity and tend to shorten. Flexibility is a key component in strength. I learned a tough lesson and lost 10+ weeks due to a pain in the butt (literally).
Thanks for the many original posts. You got me on the right track to recovery.