A lot of runners, cyclists, office workers who have a long commute complain of buttock pain.

So what is causing my buttock pain?

There are many structures which can cause buttock pain. It could be piriformis syndrome/dysfunction, referral from lumbar spine, hip joint, sacro-iliac joint, bursa, sciatic nerve or glute max muscle.

The most common cause of buttock pain we see is piriformis dysfunction.

What is Piriformis Syndrome?

Piriformis syndrome is a condition in which the piriformis muscle, located in the buttock region, tightens which then leads to buttock pain. Some people also describe pain, numbness and tingling down the back of their leg and sometimes into their foot. This is because the piriformis muscle can also irritate the nearby sciatic nerve.

Symptoms of Piriformis Syndrome

The most common symptoms are:

Buttock painSciatic pain down the back of the thigh, calf and footIncreased pain after prolonged sittingPain when walking up stairs or inclinesReduced range of movement of the hip

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Treatment

Exercises combined with massage and soft tissue release is the best treatment for piriformis syndrome. Acupuncture is also an effective treatment to relax the piriformis muscle too. We offer acupuncture services at our clinic in Upham.

For advice and guidance please contact us at activemotioninjuryclinic@gmail.com or book online today! All the exercises and stretches should be pain free, please do not push into pain as you may irritate the sciatic nerve and make the pain worse.

Piriformis Stretches

  • In this photo we are stretching the right piriformis, so if you have right buttock pain this is the stretch to do, if you have left sided symptoms then do this stretch the other way.

  • Lie on your back with both knees bent and feet flat on the floor.

  • Rest the ankle of your left leg over your right knee.

  • Reach through the gap and pull your right thigh towards your chest and hold the stretch for thirty seconds.

  • Repeat two times, three times a day.

Alternatively you can also stretch your piriformis in this position:

For advice and guidance please contact us at activemotioninjuryclinic@gmail.com or book online today! All the exercises and stretches should be pain free, please do not push into pain as you may irritate the sciatic nerve and make the pain worse.