Pain in Buttock

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Buttock pain includes any type of discomfort in the area of the buttocks. The buttocks are made up of three gluteal muscles behind the pelvis that help support the body while standing and enable many movements of the legs, hips and trunk. The buttocks also contain many nerves and blood vessels, while layers of fat cushion the pelvis when you are sitting.


Many conditions and diseases can cause pain in the buttocks: injury and activity-related causes of buttock pain (bone fractures and dislocations, contusions, muscle cramps, strains, tendonitis); diseases (anal abscess, anal fissure, hemorrhoids, pilonidal cyst).

These range from temporary annoyances, such as bruising and shingles, to more serious diseases with long-term consequences, such as cancers and arthritis of the sacroiliac joints. All symptoms related to buttock pain must be evaluated in terms of their intensity, duration, location, aggravating or relieving factors, and in view of the presence or absence of accompanying medical issues in order to precisely identify the cause.

Anyone can be affected by buttock pain. Buttock pain can be described in a variety of ways, such as pressure, numbness, tingling or burning.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Depending on the cause, buttock pain can begin suddenly and disappear relatively quickly, such as from a contusion due to a minor injury. Buttock pain can also develop with time and occur intermittently, such as with sciatica. Complications of buttock pain vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder and condition. Buttock pain caused by minor strains or overuse usually responds to home treatments, such as rest, ice, and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications.


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