Buttock Pain When Sitting – How To Fix It

Spine, Lower Back, Hip, Uncategorized, Blog, / By Koh Peh Chia

People often come to us feeling a pain that starts in the buttock and becomes noticeable when they sit down. Sometimes, the pain even radiates down the leg. In this blog, we will share more about this disorder otherwise known as piriformis syndrome and how to fix it.

What Is Piriformis Syndrome?

The piriformis muscle is located quite deep underneath your gluteal muscles. It goes from your tail bone and attaches itself to the top part of your thigh bone. It is not a big muscle and what it does is rotate your hip outwards or inwards depending on your position.

Piriformis syndrome is a disorder that occurs when your sciatic nerve is compressed and/or irritated by the piriformis muscle as it passes deeply through your buttock, resulting in pain. This pain is very similar in presentation to the sciatic nerve pain that is caused by a bulging disc in the lower back.

What Are Its Symptoms?

Symptoms may start as an intense, burning pain deep in the buttocks. The pain gets worse during activities that cause the piriformis muscle to press against the sciatic nerve, such as sitting, walking up stairs, or running.

How Can I Fix My Buttock Pain?

You can try to stretch the piriformis muscle so that the nerve doe not get compressed by the muscle. You can try this stretch for 30 seconds 3 -4 times a day.

When sitting for long periods of time, take frequent breaks as well to move about and stretch.

However, if there is still pain, we recommend seeing a physiotherapist as they will determine the root cause of your condition and treat you accordingly. If you have any more questions or would like our physiotherapists to assess or treat your buttock pain, feel free to drop us a question, talk to us, or fill in the form below. Do check out our Instagram page too.

Winsen Citra

Principal Physiotherapist

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