The buttocks are made up by the large gluteal muscles. These powerful hip muscles are central in allowing us to stand and walk normally. Therefore buttock strain tends to be a muscle strain, often associated with sports/activity injury. However, lower back problems, sacro-iliac joint strain and hip arthritis can give very similar types of pain in this area.
Symptoms of buttock strain:

  • Pain in buttock
  • Difficulty walking
  • Onset after sports or strenuous activity

Buttock strain requires a careful and expert diagnosis by a trained professional. It is a common presentation in clinic and where appropriate, receives careful and expert treatment. Firstly an assessment and analysis is performed to establish how serious the problem is and then, if appropriate, gentle treatment is performed to stabilize structures, reduce inflammation, and facilitate the healing of the structures causing the symptoms.
Ultimately the aim is not just to treat it but prevent the symptoms from reoccurring. This includes education on how to keep the area in question healthy in the future. Please call to talk to a trained professional if you want to know more.