By Mitchell Yass, DPT – Stop the Pain I Want My Life Back

A quick guide to back pain. Put your hands on your hips and create a line from hip to hip. As a general rule, the area above the line is your lower back (lumbar region), the area below the line is the gluteal region.

 

PAIN IN THE GLUTEAL REGION CANNOT COME FROM A HERNIATED DISC OR STENOSIS FROM THE LUMBAR REGION. Is this clear enough? Do not allow some physician to show you a picture of a herniated…disc from the lumbar spine and say this is causing pain at the gluteal region. There is NO nerve pathway from the lumbar spine to the gluteal region. I seem to getting an increase in cases of patients with pain at the gluteal region which they are told is part of the lower back.

 

THE GLUTEAL REGION IS NOT PART OF THE LOWER BACK. In the gluteal region lies a muscle called the piriformis. In the vast majority of cases of patients with gluteal region pain, it is the result of the piriformis muscle being strained and emitting pain. The piriformis muscle is a pelvic stabilizer. It works with the glute med., the muscle that sits just above the hip joint. This muscle stains first causing the piriformis to try to compensate but ends up straining as well.

Protect yourselves by getting information that makes sense and is logical. There is no logical basis for the assertion that gluteal region pain is coming from stenosis or a herniated disc in the lumbar spine. I realize that most physicians profess this idea but just because enough people tell a lie doesn’t make it the truth.

 

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