You might call something inconvenient “a pain in the butt.” And, if you’re dealing with chronic buttocks pain, you can easily understand the reason for the saying! Chronic buttocks pain limits your quality of life, and may indicate an underlying problem that needs to be identified, diagnosed, and treated to improve your condition.
At Performance Pain & Sports Medicine, interventional pain management experts Dr. Matthias Wiederholz and Dr. Suzanne Manzi can help you understand and resolve your chronic hip, groin, and buttocks pain. The PPSM team treats patients from locations in Houston, Texas, and Lawrenceville, New Jersey.
Types of buttocks pain
You can suffer from pain in your buttocks area for multiple reasons. Some types of buttocks pain are temporary, related to bruising or muscle strain due to overuse. Others indicate an underlying condition like arthritis of your sacroiliac joints, spinal issues, or even cancer.
If your buttocks pain is related to deep gluteal syndrome, piriformis syndrome, or sciatica, pinched or compressed nerves may be the source of your pain symptoms. Nerve compression may be due to muscle spasms, as in piriformis syndrome, or a herniated spinal disc, as in sciatica.
The muscles, bones, and nerves in your butt area can become inflamed or painful due to overactivity or inactivity. Accidents and traumas can also be causal for lasting butt pain and need prompt medical evaluation. Once the PPSM team learns more about the nature of your chronic buttocks pain, we help you put together an effective treatment and prevention plan.
Diagnosing your condition
At PPSM, we start your treatment for chronic buttocks pain with a thorough diagnostic evaluation to determine the root cause of your problem. We look at factors including your family and health history, and how your pain responds to motion, rest, posture changes, and pressure.
As part of your diagnosis, we use manual pressure to identify where in your body you’re feeling pain. You may also need diagnostic imaging tests like a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan to give us more information about the deep structure of your musculoskeletal system.
Some of the conditions that could be causing your chronic buttocks pain symptoms could go away on their own, or resolve with simple rest and pain management for a few days. You may also need more intensive or long-term solutions. Either way, at PPSM, we’re with you every step of the way toward a pain-free future.
If you have pain or numbness in your buttocks, thighs, lower leg, or the sole of your foot, and your symptoms haven’t improved with time and rest, get in touch with the Performance Pain & Sports Medicine team today. You should also contact us if your pain starts to become a problem after an accident or injury.
Schedule your initial consultation by contacting us online, or call our location most convenient to you today.