Lower Buttock Pain
Lower buttock pain is pain that is experienced in the lower half of the buttock. There are many potential causes for lower buttock pain.
Explore the information under each tab below to understand more about the anatomy of the area and things that may go wrong.
If you have already visited our Hip Pain Explained page, you may have already read some of this information.
On this page you will find information specific to conditions related to pain in the lower buttock region.
“Piriformis Syndrome”, also known as “Deep Gluteal syndrome” or “Hip Related Sciatica” is a common condition associated with lower buttock pain. Struggling with this condition? Check out more in our great online self help course by clicking here.
Common conditions associated with lower buttock pain:
- Hip Osteoarthritis – see Joint Related Pain
- Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI) – see Joint Related Pain
- Proximal hamstring tendinopathy – see Soft Tissue Related Pain
- Lower back referred pain – see Back Related Pain
- Sciatica, Piriformis Syndrome, Deep Gluteal Syndrome – see Peripheral Nerve Related Pain
Pain experienced in the lower buttock region may be related to:
- Joints of the hip & pelvis, where two bones meet
- ‘Soft tissues’, non-bony structures, such as muscles
- Bones, such as the femur (thigh bone) or bones of the pelvis
- The lower back
- Nerves that run through and around the hip & pelvis
- Pelvic organs or blood vessels, or other health issues masquerading as buttock pain
Explore each of these further in the tabs below
What is pain?
Pain is an experience that the brain creates for the purposes of stimulating you to change your behaviour or seek help for a perceived problem with your body. Irritating or potentially damaging stimuli in your body (like high levels of pressure, tension or extremes of temperature) activate sense receptors (danger sensors) in the area. Signals from danger sensors in the body travel through the nervous system to the brain. Here the information is processed and the brain sometimes (but not always) produces a pain experience.
If you would like to read more about understanding what pain is, please click here.