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What Is Causing My Buttock Pain?

Summit Orthopedics physical medicine and rehabilitation physician Daniel Probst, M.D., discusses the possible causes of buttock pain.

During his residency training in physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R), Summit physician Daniel Probst, M.D., received extensive training in treating hip and buttock pain. Buttock pain can make the simplest activities — from going up and down stairs to lying down to sleep at night — painful.

Pain that is mostly in the buttock or on the lateral hip can be challenging to diagnose and treat because there are so many structures in that area,” Dr. Probst said. “This means that there are many potential causes.”

What causes buttock pain?

There are several potential causes of buttock or hip pain:

How to treat buttock pain

There are a lot of options for treatment of buttock pain — without surgery.

Overall, Dr. Probst said, talk with a sports medicine specialist about buttock pain if you’re concerned. If the symptoms include numbness or weakness, or if there are issues with bowel or bladder control, getting it checked out promptly is even more important. In short, according to Dr. Probst, “If the pain is impairing your life to the point that you can’t do what you want to do, it’s time to see your doctor.”

Summit Orthopedics offers comprehensive sports medicine expertise

From Olympians to pro athletes to kids in youth sports and those that just want to be more active—Summit Orthopedics delivers expert care by fellowship-trained sports medicine physicians. If you are recently injured or concerned about ongoing pain, Summit Orthopedics sports medicine specialists have the expertise to evaluate your discomfort and develop a plan to quickly and safely help you get back to being active.

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