Low Back Injury

Why does my low back or buttock hurt?

A common cause of pain in the low back or buttock region is a condition called sciatica. Sciatica pain often radiates from the lower back down through the buttock and leg. Many patients who stick to a regular program of gentle exercises and physical therapy have great results recovering from sciatica pain and preventing future episodes.  

Piriformis syndrome is considered a neuromuscular disorder occurring when the piriformis muscles forces compression upon the sciatic nerve. Runners tend to experience injuries to the piriformis because of the repetitive back and forth shifting of their body weight while running. The pain may be felt in the buttocks or it may present itself as pain traveling down the back of the leg. The sciatic nerve has various branches for pain to travel along, which may make it hard to diagnose. Another cause of low back pain, buttock pain, hip pain or even leg pain may be attributed to dysfunction in the sacroiliac joint (SI joint). The symptoms of an SI joint dysfunction may feel very similar to pain caused by sciatica.

Symptoms of low back pain and buttock pain:

  • Nerve pain
  • Inflammation of the buttock area
  • Inflammation of the low back
  • Numbness in the leg
  • Pain in upper leg
  • Pain throughout back of leg
  • Pain in lower back
  • Pain in buttocks

Possible reasons for low back pain and buttock pain:

  • Herniated disc
  • Compressed disc
  • Protruding disc
  • Piriformis syndrome
  • Sciatica
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Arthritic changes
  • Spondylosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Muscle strain
  • Weakness of core and back muscles
  • Poor sitting or standing posture
  • Fracture

 

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Treatment for low back or buttock pain

The treatment options for low back or buttock pain will depend heavily on the condition at the root cause your low back or buttock pain along with your symptoms and personal goals. Your physician can help you determine the best treatment options of your low back or buttock pain, including physical therapy. If you don't have a prescription for physical therapy treatment from your doctor, you may still be able to visit an Ivy Rehab Physical Therapy location near you for treatment, depending on the rules of the state you live in.

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Treatment options for low back or buttock pain include, but are not limited to:

Physical Therapy
Physical Therapy

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Soft Tissue Mobilization
Soft Tissue Mobilization

Soft tissue injuries have been known to occur when muscles are very tense and contracted. They can also happen as a result of a sprained ankle or other sudden trauma. When dealing with a soft tissue injury, you may feel weak muscles, pain, and less…

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Aquatic Therapy
Aquatic Therapy

Aquatic therapy can be very effective when you have a condition that makes it painful to put weight on your lower extremities, such as arthritis, knee pain, hip pain, or low back pain. During aquatic therapy, the buoyancy of the water allows for less…

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BioSway
BioSway

The BioSway system challenges patients to shift and control their center of gravity through interactive balance games and rehabilitative training strategies. To use the BioSway, you stand on a small platform facing a touch screen in front of you. Through…

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Dry Needling
Dry Needling

Dry needling is often confused with acupuncture; however, they are very different techniques. Dry needling focuses on reducing pain and accelerating healing through a deep understanding of the relationships between our bodies and our central nervous…

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McKenzie Method
McKenzie Method

The McKenzie Method is a way of assessing musculoskeletal conditions such as back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, knee pain, ankle pain, and more. The McKenzie Method doesn't rely on x-rays, MRIs, ultrasounds, medication, needles, or surgery. The goal of the…

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Orthopedic Therapy
Orthopedic Therapy

The orthopedic specialists at Ivy Rehab Physical Therapy are ready to help you get back into the action. Whether you're overcoming a sports-related injury or recovering from a recent surgery, let our knowledgeable team develop a personalized therapy plan just…

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Post-Surgical Treatment
Post-Surgical Treatment

Physical therapy after surgery is extremely important for ensuring a full recovery. In addition to many other benefits, post-surgical rehabilitation can also help you regain full range of motion in the affected area. Ivy Rehab Physical Therapy specializes in…

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