Buttock pain, a pain in the butt!

“Before physiotherapy, I was a real pain in the butt” – Piriformis

Got a pain in the butt? No, we’re not talking about forgetting your phone before leaving the house, or that one annoying coworker, we’re talking about buttock pain!

Causes of buttock pain

There can be a number of different causes for buttock pain, both local and referred. Some of the more common causes can be referred pain from the lower back or the sacroiliac joint (located in the pelvis). Other common causes also include hamstring origin tendinopathy (degeneration within the hamstring tendon).

Overuse injuries (tendinopathy) of the gluteal tendon, acute tears, bursitis and trigger points can also cause pain in the large gluteal muscle group.

What does buttock pain feel like?

A deep aching pain that isn’t just in one particular area usually means referred pain, whereas buttock pain alongside lower back pain suggest an issue with the lumbar spine. If you’re feeling buttock pain associated with groin pain, you may have issues with your hips or the sacroiliac joint.

If you can easily tell your physiotherapist where the pain is located in your buttock, and it is fairly constant in nature, the source is more likely to be the buttock itself.

Can physiotherapy help treat buttock pain?

Absolutely! As your local physiotherapist in Yeronga, the team at Aeon Health Physiotherapy and Rehab will work to determine the exact source of your buttock pain, which will help inform best management of the issue.

Depending on the source of your buttock pain, our physiotherapists may use techniques including mobilization or manipulation of the soft tissue. Other techniques such as dry needling can also be utilised to great affect to reach the deeper tissues in the hip.

Our comprehensive 45-minute physiotherapy appointments allow for generous time for our physiotherapists to investigate the causes of your buttock pain; it also offer hands-on treatment to assist with pain relief and can equip you with the tools you need to help manage the cause of your buttock pain moving forward.

Please contact us on 3892 3938 to find out more, or to make an appointment.

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