Pain in the Butt

I’ve been there. You’ve been there. Trying to shift yourself around in your seat to get comfortable. Moving your body weight to the left or the right to avoid that aching in your butt. You may be in your car or you may be parked in front of the computer. No matter where you are, it’s a pain in the butt.

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Sometimes it is your piriformis muscle. Sometimes it is referred pain from your SI joint or your lumbar spine. It could be your hip joint. There’s a few other muscles we could blame, too.

We really wish we could just diagnose you from over the Internet, but that’s neither prudent nor possible. What we can do is invite you to our office for a free consultation, or to come on in as a new patient and get examined and treated.

In the meantime here’s some ideas to ease that discomfort:

  1. Stop sitting so much. Yes, it may be part of your job to sit, but that doesn’t mean you need to stay seated the whole time. Get up and shake that tender butt!
  2. Do some stretches, for example your hamstrings or that piriformis muscle we just mentioned earlier. Stretches probably won’t fix things, but stretching will probably reduce the level of pain and bide you some time.Even if stretching doesn’t solve the problem it is unlikely to cause it to worsen.
  3. Use ice or heat. Sometimes the sensations of cold or hot feel better than the sensation of a deep burning ache. You can even rub some sort of cream on that butt.