Ischiogluteal bursitis - Buttock pain

Ischiogluteal bursitis is a condition that occurs as a result of damage to the ischiogluteal bursa; this is located at the bottom of the pelvis.

Causes of ischiogluteal bursitis

The most common cause of this condition is overuse; this injury is most common in athletes who participate in sports that involve repetitive jumping, running and kicking movements. This condition may also be caused by prolonged periods of sitting, so may also be common in people who have a sedentary lifestyle. Occasionally, this injury may be caused by sudden impact or a fall.

Symptoms of ischiogluteal bursitis

The most common symptom of this condition is pain in the buttocks, which may become more severe during physical exercises, especially those that involve actions such as jumping or running. Patients with this condition may also experience weakness in the lower legs and tenderness around the injury.

Treating ischiogluteal bursitis

The most effective form of treatment for this injury is rest; during this time, it may also be beneficial to apply ice to the injury (ice should always be wrapped in a cloth to prevent damage to the skin) and take medication to control pain and swelling. Doing exercises to strengthen the area and improve flexibility may also be beneficial once the injury has healed fully.

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