You guys have seen me stumble a few times at the gym and grab my right butt cheek, squealing and whimpering like a little bitch. I’m not sure what the exact diagnosis is but I promise you…whatever it is that’s happening in my posterior HURTS like the beejeebus.

Now, honestly, it could be one of two things – Piriformis Syndrome or Sciatica. Either way it sucks.

Piriformis syndrome is a neuromuscular disorder that occurs when the sciatic nerve is compressed or otherwise irritated by the piriformis muscle causing pain, tingling and numbness in the buttocks and along the path of the sciatic nerve descending down the lower thigh and into the leg.

This is not fun, and it’s quite painful.

Sciatica (or sciatic neuritis)[1] is a set of symptoms including pain that may be caused by general compression and/or irritation of one of five spinal nerve roots that give rise to each sciatic nerve, or by compression or irritation of the left or right or both sciatic nerves. The pain is felt in the lower back, buttock, and/or various parts of the leg and foot. In addition to pain, which is sometimes severe, there may be numbness, muscular weakness, pins and needles or tingling and difficulty in moving or controlling the leg.

This pain is rather difficult to stop, but with proper methods, it CAN be alleviated.
I’m a huge fan of rolling the pained buttcheek over a baseball or wiffle ball. That’s the kind of hurt that’s soooo good. NSAIDs are also veryvery helpful. Flexibility and mobility must be constantly worked on, and on days when the butt hurts super uber bad, we have to scale WODs so you’re not making it worse. No biggee. I’ve found that stick jumps make me hurt like nothing else, so I use box jumps instead.

Also, strengthening your adductors can really help with piriformis. This can be done with isolation exercises, sumo deadlifts, or isometric exercises.

Basically, what I’m saying is…
If your butt hurts…come talk to me so we can fix it.


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