Lower back and buttock pain

Sciatic nerve pain pregnancy

Sciatic nerve pain during pregnancy

Sciatic nerve pain is one of the most common “side effects” of pregnancy. It causes a pain that can originate as high as the buttock and can extend down the back of the leg into the foot. The sciatic nerve is a large nerve that originates deep in the buttock. This means that it cannot […]

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How do you relieve sciatic nerve pain?

Sciatica refers to an irritation of the Sciatic Nerve as it passes thru the buttock, causing pain down the back of the leg. The term is often misused to describe spinal nerve irritation causing a similar pain in the back and leg, however this is a different condition. Severity can vary from an ache that […]

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Hip stress fracture

Hip stress fracture – how to spot it & what to do

Hip stress fractures can present as a vague but persistent hip, buttock or groin pain They are more common in females and most prevalent in endurance sports such as distance running The pain is often confused with gluteal tendinopathy or chronic gluteal muscle fatigue or strains due to its common aggravating factors and symptoms TIPS […]

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Hip labral tear

Hip labral tear – best method of diagnosis & treatment

A hip labral tear can cause sharp pain or catching pain in the front of the hip or groin as well as a lingering ache after each sharp pain Feeling a painful click is a strong predictor of a symptomatic labral tear. This is the only clinical symptom that differentiates a labral tear from FAI […]

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Sacral stress fracture

Sacral stress fracture: Physio tips to speed up your recovery

Sacral stress fractures cause a diffuse constant pain in the buttock with occasional sharp pains on loading The injury accrues over several weeks or months but can become suddenly symptomatic, often leading to misdiagnosis as a gluteal muscle strain The primary causes of sacral stress fractures are: loss of range into hip extension, sudden increase […]

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Deep hip muscle pain

Deep hip rotator overload – a cause of hip muscle pain

Deep hip rotator overload causes a diffuse deep hip muscle pain, felt centrally in the buttock. Pain in the buttocks and hip often peaks the day after exercise. It causes pain on stretching (eg. sitting) and activation (eg. squats, walking upstairs). It is caused by excessive fatigue of one or more of the six small […]

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Hip osteoarthritis OA

Hip osteoarthritis (OA) – exercise your way to pain-free

Hip OA can be present from age 30 years, although it doesn’t tend to be symptomatic until age 40-50 years Early symptoms include stiffness (eg. difficulty in reaching shoe laces) and pain after rest (eg. on waking in morning or long car drives) Risk factors for early hip OA include heavier body types and reduced […]

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Bone stress reaction

Bone stress reaction – what, why and how to fix it

Bone stress reaction causes a dull, usually prolonged, ache around the injury site A bone stress reaction can occur due to impact loading or connective tissue traction Reactions caused by impact loading can progress to bone stress fractures with ongoing overload TIPS Bone stress reactions often occur with other injuries and can be difficult to […]

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Hamstrings tendinopathy

Hamstrings tendinopathy – frustrating but very fixable

Hamstrings tendinopathy most commonly affects the upper hamstrings tendon (known as “Proximal Hamstrings tendinopathy”) just below the Ischial Tuberosity (aka. the “sit bone”). The hamstrings, or “hammy”, also has a number of tendons behind the knee which can be affected by tendinopathy, known as “Distal Hamstrings tendinopathy”). It’s usually a non inflammatory reaction so anti-inflammatory […]

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Gluteal tendinopathy

Gluteal tendinopathy – understanding & fixing hip pain

Gluteal tendinopathy causes pain on the lateral (outside) aspect of the hip, particularly when lying on either side This condition can occur in isolation but is more commonly seen in conjunction with other conditions, such as hip osteoarthritis and trochanteric bursitis It tends to be linked closely with reduced strength and as such, it is […]

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