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Buttock pain: Is it back pain or is it hip pain?

Buttock pain: Is it back pain or is it hip pain?

Back issues and hip issues can often masquerade each other. What is the tissue causing symptoms? Is there a lot of overlap? One thing is true and that most pain from hip and back is ordinary due to wear and tear, overuse and degenerative changes, possibly due to biomechanics abnormalities. Also, one things often predisposes thing other due to there very close inter-relation.

Hip pain to be likely

Hip problems usually produce and present as groin pain on the affected side. Also, a deep ache type feeling in a ‘C’ shape presentation around the hip joint.

It is said that groin pain is a hip issue until proven otherwise and pain around the buttock region is a back problem, unless gluteal soft tissue tendinopathy has a diagnostic conformation via imagery.

The most common cause of hip pain is osteoarthritis (degenerative changes and subsequently inflammation) of the hip joint. You may have hip arthritis if:

• Pain is in your groin

• Discomfort comes and goes, becoming more frequent over time

• You feel stiff with limited mobility

• You walk with a limp

Avascular necrosis, is a serious condition marked by death of hip bone at the joint. The pain is usually worse and far more constant than in osteoarthritis.

Spine and back pain to be likely

Most lower back problems are caused by disc and facet joint problems that give acute and chronic pain and discomfort. Disc problems can often press on spinal nerves in more server cases giving wide spread pain distribution (disc herniation). This produces the pain known as sciatica, which can also be felt in the hip, buttock and into the leg. You may have a herniated disc if pain:

• Is limited to your back, buttocks or leg

• Shoots down your leg

• Worsens with sitting or bending forward (thus, in acute cases).

• Improves when standing or walking

Disc problems can often be a result of acute strain or a degenerative process.

If you have night sweats, a history of cancer, or pain that is not relieved by lying down (constant unremitting night pain), see your doctor as the problem may be more serious.

Some people can develop problems in both the hip and lower back.

Treatment options:

In the majority of cases both hip pain and back pain and be treated via conservative means, but invasive options are even considered.

For further information please do not hesitate to get in touch via or contact our clinic mobile at:

07966 317712

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