There are many parts of the body that we think of as being closely linked. The wrist and hand are one example. Likewise, anyone who has felt lower back and upper buttock pain can tell you how closely these two areas are linked.
The lower back is also called the lumbar region, and it’s located directly above the buttocks. Feeling pain in the lower back is common; medical studies report that about 31 million Americans have lower back pain at any given time. Nerves that run from the lower back into the upper buttocks allow pain to be felt in both areas at the same time. Physical therapists can help you learn the root cause of your pain. They can also help you find exceptional treatment for your lumbar and buttock pain.
Two common causes of lower back and upper buttock pain
The lumbar region and buttocks are both complex structures, and their close proximity means feeling pain in one of them can lead to pain in the other. Physical therapists are well versed in musculoskeletal disorders that can cause pain in these areas, including:
- Sciatica — The sciatic nerves run from the lower back, through the buttocks and down the back of the legs. Sciatica occurs when one of these nerves is pinched or irritated. The most common symptom of this condition is sharp or shocklike pain. This pain often starts in the lumbar region and radiates into the buttocks and legs.
- Sacroiliitis — This condition affects the sacroiliac joints that connect your pelvis to your lower spine. Sacroiliitis occurs when these joints become inflamed; the pain it causes is most often felt in the buttocks and lumbar region. Sacroiliitis pain may get worse if you stand for long periods, bear more weight on one leg, climb stairs or run.
How can you relieve lower back and upper buttock pain?
- Use heat and ice therapy — Using heat or ice packs to calm the pain and inflammation in your lower back and upper buttocks can be helpful for some. This method is mostly for short-term relief.
- Stretch — Stretching can be helpful for some people for a few different reasons. It allows for the release of tension in the muscles, can help with posture realignment, and can help build strength and flexibility in your body.
- Work on correcting your posture — Making adjustments to your posture may help minimize pain in the lower back and upper buttocks by alleviating pressure on the spinal column and sciatic nerve.
- See a physical therapist — Consulting with a professional, like a physical therapist, can be highly beneficial for your pain. Physical therapists are effective at identifying your pain at the source and creating a personalized treatment plan for you.
How can physical therapists address lower back and upper buttock pain?
Physical therapists can help treat your pain since they’re adept at using many therapy techniques. A few techniques your therapist can use to help your lumbar region and upper buttocks are:
- Therapeutic exercises that focus on stretching the lower back and buttocks.
- Soft tissue mobilization designed to break up myofascial trigger points in the lower back muscles and buttocks.
- Spinal mobilization therapy intended to realign the lower spine and reduce nerve compression.
Armor PT offers effective lower back and upper buttock pain treatment
Suffering from pain in your lower back and upper buttocks? Our experienced team at Armor Physical Therapy is prepared to help you treat your pain. We offer free screenings intended to reveal the cause of your pain. In addition, our physical therapists excel at creating unique therapy plans to fit your specific needs. You can even get help for your pain without leaving home thanks to our virtual therapy and at-home care services.
Contact us today for more information about our pain-reducing physical therapy services or to schedule your initial appointment.