What is buttock pain?

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.

Injury of one or more of the gluteal muscles, especially the gluteus maximus, which is the body’s largest muscle, can cause buttock pain. Buttock pain may also be caused by diseases, disorders and conditions of the anus or rectum, as well as other nearby regions, such as the pelvis, tailbone, groin, and lower back.

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

Some causes of buttock pain can be serious or lead to serious complications. Seek prompt medical care if you have unexplained buttock pain or you are concerned about the pain. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you have fallen and have sudden, severe buttock, hip or back pain, an inability to walk, or deformity of the leg or hip.


What other symptoms might occur with buttock pain?

Buttock pain may accompany other symptoms, which vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. Additional symptoms that may occur along with buttock pain include:


What causes buttock pain?

Buttock pain can result from a variety of factors. For example, sitting for extended periods can cause pressure and numbness within the buttocks. Strenuous activity combined with inadequate stretching or failure to properly warm up or cool down can lead to painful sprains and strains of the buttocks.

Buttock pain can also develop because of other injuries as well as certain diseas... Read more about buttock paincauses

Medical Reviewer: Cynthia Haines, MD Last Annual Review Date: Aug 16, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

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