Buttocks Pain


Pain in the gluteal region is frequently due to a pinched or irritated nerve, muscle strain, or joint inflammation. This kind of pain is often associated with a range of ailments. Proper diagnosis and treatment are vital for relief. Furthermore, buttocks pain can be a symptom of a larger problem and should be properly diagnosed to best treat the root cause of the issue.


The symptoms of this type of chronic discomfort vary but generally include one or more of the following:

  • Bruising
  • Limited mobility
  • Limping
  • Lower back pain
  • Muscle weakness
  • Numbness
  • Pain, aches, or stiffness in the hips, legs, or groin
  • Snapping, popping, or grinding in the hips or lower back
  • Swelling
  • Warmth/burning sensations and temperature change


There are a variety of causes for pain in the buttocks. Activity-related strain or injury can result in stretched or torn ligaments, tendinitis, or hip or lower back sprains. It’s important to quickly diagnose and treat any kind of trauma that has impacted a patient’s mobility and quality of life.

Chronic diseases and conditions are another cause of buttocks pain. These include bursitis, sciatica, piriformis syndrome, spinal stenosis, fibromyalgia, arthritis, and other chronic conditions.


In patients that present with pain isolated to the gluteal (buttocks) region, it is possible that the pain may not be related to a bad disc or facet joint.

Some individuals will have inflammation of the joint that attaches the sacrum (lowest part of the spine) to the pelvic region. This is referred to medically as a sacroiliac or SI joint. If the pain is significant, our physicians can place medication directly into the SI joint under x-ray guidance, decreasing inflammation, frequently resulting in significant pain relief. Further stabilization of the joint may be required with physical therapy and/or chiropractic measures if deemed necessary by your physician.

Spine Center Charleston SC


Non-Surgical Spine Center specializes in non-invasive procedures to help patients who suffer from chronic buttocks pain. We help diagnose and treat a variety of issues affecting the buttocks and lower back. Furthermore, our treatments bring modern technology and superior care together to create personalized treatment options that are unique to each patient. Contact our team to book an appointment today!