Sunday, April 30, 2023
From the Desk of: Robin Wakeham, Physical Therapist
What causes lower back pain just above the buttocks?
Lower back pain just above the buttocks can be caused by a variety of factors. Some common causes include:
1. Muscle strain or sprain: This is the most common cause of lower back pain. It can occur due to sudden movements, lifting heavy objects, or overuse of the muscles in the lower back.
2. Sciatica: This is a condition that occurs when the sciatic nerve, which runs from the lower back down through the legs, becomes compressed or irritated. This can cause pain, numbness, or tingling in the lower back and buttocks, as well as down the leg.
3. Herniated disc: This occurs when the soft, jelly-like material inside a disc in the spine pushes out through a tear in the outer layer of the disc. This can put pressure on nearby nerves, causing pain in the lower back and buttocks.
4. Spinal stenosis: This is a condition where the spaces within the spine narrow, putting pressure on the nerves that run through it. This can cause pain, weakness, or numbness in the lower back, buttocks, and legs.
5. Arthritis: Arthritis can cause inflammation and stiffness in the joints of the spine, leading to pain in the lower back and buttocks.
If you are experiencing persistent or severe lower back pain just above the buttocks, it is important to seek medical evaluation to determine the underlying cause and appropriate treatment.
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