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11.0     What is the Prognosis or Outlook?

Because it affects soft-tissue, piriformis syndrome may be diagnosed late, and therefore has a tendency to become chronic.

Consequently, piriformis syndrome may be confused with lower back pain caused by intervertebral disc herniation or sciatica from nerve root compression (Section 9.0).

However, with proper management, the affected individual may live pain-free and with full function.

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