Relieve The Discomfort Of Buttock & Hip Pain
Have you been experiencing pain in the buttocks or hips?
Is it uncomfortable to sit for very long? What can I do for pain relief?
Hip and buttock pain can have a variety of causes. Simple self-care
techniques may be all you need to relieve the discomfort.
The most common causes for hip and buttock pain could be arthritis
affecting the joints of your spine, particularly the joints between the
vertebrae or those that connect your lower spine and pelvis. Further,
hip joint disorders are a common cause of buttock pain. Another
common cause for your buttocks pain could be a soft tissue
condition, including muscles of your buttock or hip regions, tendons,
also known as tendonitis or bursitis.
A fracture of your sacrum, the bony structure at the base of the
spine, could also be the problem. This is a type of stress fracture
and can occur without significant injury. A sacral fracture is of
particular concern for people in your age group, especially women,
because it could be a sign of osteoporosis.
A less common possible explanation of the pain is a spinal disk that's
causing a pinched nerve. Very rarely, buttock pain may be caused by
a serious condition, such as a tumor, cancer, infection, rectal
disorder, a neurologic disorder or rheumatoid arthritis.
It is recommended you seek a medical evaluation, however, in the
meantime try the following techniques at home. Rest your injury and
use thermal therapy to improve circulation and soothe pain. Try
gentle daily stretches for your legs, hips and buttocks. To relieve
pressure, use a cushion when you're sitting.
If after a week or two there's no improvement, or if new symptoms
develop, see your doctor or trusted health care provider. An
evaluation will include a review of your medical history and a physical
exam. Your doctor may inquire about your overall health and current
symptoms, as well as any additional signs or symptoms that could
point to a more serious underlying disorder. Those may include
unexplained weight loss, fever, chills or night sweats, among others.
Tell your doctor if you've recently had a significant injury or if you
have a history of cancer.
A spinal X-ray may be necessary to determine if a fracture or other
spinal instability is to blame. Other imaging tests, an MRI or bone
scan, may also be needed. If you have a sacral fracture, your
doctor should investigate for a possible diagnosis of osteoporosis.
Treatment depends on the underlying cause. Generally, though, pain
control and physical therapy to strengthen muscles in the back and
buttock region help in most situations. As a rule, the emphasis of
treatment is on a return to normal activities, as much as possible.
From there, treatment decisions are often based on how much the
pain interferes with daily functioning. If discomfort causes you
difficulty in performing normal activities, or otherwise limits your
quality of life, treatment will likely be more aggressive than if the pain
is a nuisance that doesn't have a large impact on your daily routines.
Surgery is rarely needed to treat buttock pain.
Try the self-care steps outlined above. If that's not enough, see your
doctor. Your primary care physician can refer you to physical
therapy, if needed. If your doctor feels further evaluation is
necessary, you may be referred to a physical medicine and
rehabilitation physician or a pain medicine physician who specializes
in spinal injury care.
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