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chiropractor treatment for sciatica pain in Carrollton, TX.

What is Gluteal Pain?

Gluteal pain refers to discomfort or pain in the muscles of the buttocks, commonly known as the gluteal muscles. The gluteal muscles include the gluteus maximus, gluteus medius, and gluteus minimus. These muscles play a crucial role in hip movement, stability, and supporting various activities such as walking, running, and climbing stairs.


If you are experiencing gluteal pain, you may also have sciatica issues that need to be addressed. 

Common causes of gluteal pain include:

  1. Muscle Strain: Overuse, sudden movements, or excessive exercise can lead to strains in the gluteal muscles, resulting in pain.

  2. Piriformis Syndrome: The piriformis muscle, located in the buttocks, can cause pain when it spasms or compresses the sciatic nerve.

  3. Bursitis: Inflammation of the bursa, small fluid-filled sacs that cushion the joints, can occur in the hip area and cause pain in the buttocks.

  4. Hip Labral Tears: Tears in the cartilage (labrum) that lines the hip socket can lead to pain in the buttocks.

  5. Ischial Bursitis: Inflammation of the bursa located near the ischial tuberosity (sitting bone) can cause pain in the buttocks, particularly when sitting.

  6. Low Back Issues: Conditions affecting the lumbar spine, such as herniated discs or sciatica, can radiate pain to the buttocks.

  7. Injury or Trauma: Direct trauma to the buttocks, such as a fall or impact, can cause pain in the gluteal region.

  8. Referred Pain: Pain originating from other areas, such as the lower back or hips, may be felt in the buttocks.

What are common symptoms of gluteal pain?

  1. Localized Pain: Pain specifically felt in one or both buttocks.

  2. Tenderness: The affected area may be tender to the touch.

  3. Pain with Movement: Pain may worsen with certain movements, such as sitting, standing, walking, or climbing stairs.

  4. Reduced Range of Motion: Stiffness or limited movement in the hip and buttock area.

  5. Numbness or Tingling: In cases where nerve compression is involved, numbness or tingling sensations may be present.

How can a chiropractor help with gluteal pain?

Soft tissue work and manipulation around the low back, pelvis and hips can help to reduce symptoms. Dry needling can be very effective for treating some of the deeper muscles of the gluteal and buttocks region and may result in quick symptom relief. Some rehabilitation exercises can help to reduce symptoms as well and keep them away.

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