Buttock pain can affect your muscles and lower back and hip joints resulting in a constant pain that is further aggravated by activities such as running and even just by sitting down. This pain may be an offshoot of another injury or condition. For example a lower back injury may cause a spasm or discomfort in the buttock muscles or inflamed ligaments at hip joints may result in the pain.
Some Causes of Buttock Pain:
The following may be some of the root causes to the pain. Injury to the low back can be a cause of pain into the buttock area or cause the muscles of the buttock to spasm causing a discomfort when you sit for periods or while you are running. Sacro-iliac (the joint between the spine and the hips) dysfunction can commonly result in buttock pain. The sacro-iliac joint itself may be injured and inflamed or the ligaments supporting the sacro-iliac joint may be strained and inflamed thus resulting in a buttock pain. Located in a similar region, the Ilio-lumbar ligament can cause buttock pain if strained or injured in any way. This ligament travels from the base of your spine laterally towards your waist and is commonly confused with sacro-iliac joint injuries. You may also have what is known as Piriformis Syndrome. Piriformis Syndrome is a dysfunction of one of the muscles in your backside, the piriformis muscle, that then compresses or irritates the sciatic nerve which can cause pain into the backside and down into the leg.
Considering the above as possible causes of buttock pain, physiotherapy treatment can target the root of the problem to alleviate the pain that you are experiencing. If it is a muscular pain, stretching, gentle exercises and even massage can be utilised to provide pain relief. If your pain arises from an injury, exercise therapy can be used to increase movement at the lower back, hip, sacro-iliac and lilio-limbar joints also.
What we can do for you:
At PhysioCare, the extensive knowledge of our team of Chartered Physiotherapists means that your individual case will be handed by your physiotherapist safe in the knowledge that your pain may actually be caused by an underlying injury or condition. One-on-one treatment will aim to reduce and eventually eliminate your pain and help you get and feel better with a conjunction of physiotherapy treatment, massage and exercise therapy.