Buttock Pain when Sitting (aka “A Pain in the Butt”)
Category: Back Pain | Author: Stefano Sinicropi | Date: April 23, 2015
Buttock pain is (to lean into a cliché) a pain in the butt, particularly if the pain increases while sitting. Most people have no choice but to sit for a big chunk of the day – whether you work in an office or just want to sit down at home after work. We sit a lot, and pain in the buttocks when sitting can be incredibly frustrating. In this article, we are going to lay out some of the possible causes of butt pain while sitting, and also offer some options for relieving this type of pain.
Causes of Butt Pain
There are numerous potential causes of buttocks pain while sitting. Here are a few of the possible underlying causes:
- Spinal Stenosis
- Pinched Nerves
- Herniated Discs
- Bruising and Muscle Pain
- Bursitis or Arthritis
All of these causes can develop over time or from an acute injury (such as a car accident or sports injury). Some will resolve quickly on their own (like bruising or muscle strains), while others (sciatica in particular) can cause chronic pain.
How to Treat Pain in the Buttocks
Treating butt pain begins with an accurate diagnosis of what’s causing the pain. If you can’t pinpoint the underlying cause, it’s very difficult to effectively treat the pain. Depending on the cause, butt pain can be treated with conservative, non-surgical options like pain medications (both over-the-counter and prescription), physical therapy, and pain injections. If the pain is caused by a bulging disc or otherwise involves nerve damage, a minimally invasive surgical procedure may be your best bet for long term pain relief.
If you are experiencing any type of pain in the buttocks region, make an appointment with an orthopedic spine specialist right away to determine the cause of the pain. A doctor that specializes in spine conditions and injuries can accurately diagnose the root of the pain and recommend options for treating the condition and reducing your pain.