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Buttock Pain with Tightness into the Back

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How People Describe This Pain Pattern

People touch the fullness of the hip, right in the middle of their buttock, and say, I get pain here.” Often, they have tightness extending toward their low/mid-back. The back pain is usually not part of their initial complaint. However, it distinguishes this pattern from other buttock pain.

When this is acute, this pain can be grabbing with sudden pain in the center of the hip.

In a recent case, a woman took a tumble while leaving a sports venue. Unsurprisingly, her arms were full and she had a few beers. Unfortunately, she took a tumble on the sidewalk. It happened so quickly that she didn’t remember how it occurred. Since then, she had grabbing pain in the middle of her buttock. Predictably, her low back was also stiff.

How You Activate and Intensify This Pain Pattern

Twist and Oops!

Usually, this pattern is not common as chronic pain. Instead, people usually report this as the remnant of an accident or fall. Almost always, there is a twist and jerk. As with many erector problems, this can happen as you reach out and back while trying to maintain balance.

The Musculoskeletal Anatomy Behind Your Pain

anatomy for longissimus of the erector spinae

Musculoskeletal Anatomy

About these Illustrations…

This post on anatomy contains the standard information about origin, insertion, function, and innervation. It also includes information on functional considerations and anomalies. This is also the place to find all posts related to this muscle.

Getting Relief on Your Own

Clinically Proven
Self-Care Strategies

This post has strategies for getting relief on your own. Explore how to change your activities, stretch, ice, and more to relieve the pain associated with this trigger point.

Therapy Notes for Massage and Bodywork

Better Bodywork
Through Shared Expertise

This post has techniques, tips, treatment routines, and anatomy illustrations to improve the bodyworker’s approach.

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Tony Preston has a practice in Atlanta, Georgia, where he sees clients. He has written materials and instructed classes since the mid-90s. This includes anatomy, trigger points, cranial, and neuromuscular.

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