Everyone experiences butt pain at some point in time in their lives. Sometimes your butt aches from going numb from sitting too long, and other times you experience pain in the buttocks when walking. For some people, the occasional buttocks pain isn’t a cause for concern. For others, the pain is so severe that it affects their quality of life.
If you are someone with a crippling butt pain, you may wonder what could be the cause. While your best bet is to seek medical advice, it never hurts to learn a little more about more common causes of buttocks-related pain.
Sciatica isn’t a medical diagnosis; it is merely a description of the way the pain travels the sciatic nerve. If you are unfamiliar with the human body, the longest nerve is sciatica. The nerve begins in your lower back and runs through the back of your pelvic area, your buttocks, your legs, and your feet. When something compresses or irritates the nerve, pain travels down this nerve and through the bottom half of your body. This can cause pain ranging from mild to serious to radiate in your lower back, pelvic area, buttocks, legs, or feet.
Most people refer to osteoarthritis as simply arthritis or OA. OA occurs when your joints start to see wear and tear. If you experience OA in the lower back or hip, it could cause pain in the buttocks while walking. Typically, this type of pain is more of an ache. This pain starts in the joints and spreads to the muscles.
Bursa is the name of a fatty sack. There are two bursas in the buttocks, including the ischial bursa and the trochanteric bursa. When you overuse your muscles or your muscles become too tight, they can cause the bursa to become inflamed. This can cause pain when walking or, more commonly, when sitting or lying on your side.
You know your coccyx as your tailbone. It is located at the base of your spine slightly higher than your anus. Strained ligaments can cause pain in this area to range from mild to extremely painful.
Treating Your Butt Pain
For many people, a pain in the buttocks while walking is nothing more than a tight muscle causing sciatic pain. If that is the case for you, there are several pain-relieving stretches that can help.
Hip Twist Stretch: Lie down on your back with your left leg straightened and your right knee bent. Place your right foot close to the inside of your left knee. Gently apply pressure to your right knee, pushing it left toward the floor. Continue applying pressure until you feel a stretch in your lower back and buttocks. If you do this right, your right hip lifts off the floor in a bit of a twist. Hold the stretched and twisted position for a minute before doing the other side.
Frog Press: Lie on your stomach with a pillow under your hips and your forehead resting on your hands. Bend your knees outward and place your soles of your feet together. Your feet and calves will elevate if you are in the right position. At the same time, press your soles together and contract your abs. Count to 10, relax, and then repeat this stretch 10 more times.
If a tight muscle is the cause of your pain, these stretches should resolve the issue. If you perform these stretches a few times a day for a few days and still experience buttocks pain when you go for a walk, you should see a doctor for a proper diagnosis.