in one side of the buttock that does not go away within
twenty-four hours indicates a significant problem. The pain
may be achy, sore, stiff, dull, tight, and throbbing or
any combination of the above. You may experience an increase
in pain when sitting or standing for a prolonged period.
The pain may include a deep dull ache, and/or soreness in
the buttock. At times, it may be sharp and severe. Simple
tasks such as putting your socks on in the morning seem
monumental. Sleep may be disturbed. Pain increases when
arising from a seated position making it very difficult
or even impossible to straighten up. Pain may radiate from
the buttock into the posterior leg. Leg pain may be perceived
as pain or numbness. Buttock pain is worse first thing in
the morning and/or increases as the day goes on. Other symptoms
may be present.
of the pelvic joints more properly known as the sacroiliac
joints is the primary culprit for buttock pain. Altered
relationships between the tailbone (sacrum) and the pelvis
(illium) in the body cause increased pressure and strain
as well as loss of motion in the sacroiliac joints. Many
patients mistakenly state, "My hip hurts" when
in fact, it is the sacroiliac joint that becomes misaligned.
These gliding joints are found in the pelvis and their function
is to allow for movement and flexibility of the spine. When
these gliding joints (facet joints) are affected by repeated
trauma from excessive strenuous athletic activities, heredity,
weakened or de-conditioned muscles, and the inevitable aging
process, low back, buttock and/or leg pain is commonly experienced.
treatment for buttock pain utilizing chiropractic adjustments
is highly effective for correcting the proper spinal mechanics
of the pelvis. Taking over the counter medications simply
mask the pain without actually resolving the structural
problem, joint misalignment. In fact, taking medications
may actually make the overall problem worse, by masking
your body's natural defense mechanism. Your body is sending
pain signals to your brain in order to prevent you from
moving certain ways that could potentially further injure
the back. If that defense mechanism is eliminated through
the use of pain pills, further insult to the body is much
After performing a thorough history and physical exam, Dr.
Cady will determine if you have a "sacroiliac"
problem or something else. Once you are told that you have
a pelvic misalignment, Dr. Cady will begin the use of conservative
chiropractic adjustments to restore structure and function
to the spine. Treatment may also include adjunctive therapies
such as ice and electrical stimulation. Home care might
include an aggressive home icing program and stretching
program. Modification of certain activities while at home
may be recommended, such as avoiding prolonged sitting.
If deemed medically necessary, x-rays will be ordered. Call
us at 408-739-2273 to make an appointment