Let’s get real, having pain in our buttocks can be a real pain in the butt! At Healthworks, I see many clients with lower back and buttock pain. Most of the time, it is can stops them from running, walking, standing to even sitting or lying down. So how do I approach the problem and help my patients relieve our pain?
Step one would be to identify the problem and to form a clinical impression or diagnosis. As you can see, the anatomy of the gluteal (buttock) region is complicated with many overlapping muscles and ligaments, making diagnosing the condition, very important. Buttock pain can arise from structural joint misalignments, sprains or strains of the ligaments and muscles in the gluteal region, trigger points referring pain to the buttocks or nerve related conditions.
The most common reasons for buttock pain that I see in clinic are from:
Referred pain: could be from low back conditions (disc herniation, degeneration of spine, etc) or muscles in the lower back and gluteal region
SIJ syndrome: commonly described as an achy pain in the joints that can refer pain to the buttocks
Piriformis syndrome: a condition where the piriformis muscle compresses the sciatic nerve and causes pain around the buttock region and down the leg
Coccydynia: usually arises after someone falls and lands on their buttocks
The next step would be to treat the condition and to plan out a proper treatment plan for the patient which may include chiropractic adjustments, myofascial trigger point therapy, stretches, strengthening exercises and instilling other posture techniques. I focus on not just treating my patient’s pain symptoms but also on helping them maintain their new found mobility and teaching them prevention methods to avoid re-occurrence of their condition.
So, if you’re suffering from a form of buttock pain or even lower back pain, I would encourage you to find a chiropractor near you and focus on finding out the cause of your symptoms. Then, you and your doctor can work together on solving the problem and finding a long lasting solution. If you are in the Mont Kiara, KL area. We are located in VERVE SHOPS, Level 2, Lot 5.