Symptoms: Ischial bursitis is quite literally a pain in the butt and usually described as soreness, tenderness or swelling in the lower buttocks that tends to get worse with movement. The affected area may also feel warm to the touch.
Overview: Ischial bursitis is a painful irritation in the buttocks, specifically around the Ischial Tuberosity— the bony parts you feel in each buttock when you sit down. Under normal conditions, the bursae (fluid filled sacs) protect the ischia by providing a cushion between the muscles and bones. Pain occurs when injury of the bursa results in inflammation and irritation.
Ischial bursitis is a condition that can affect anyone, at any age. The causes of the condition often are not related to strenuous activity. Often, just sitting on a hard surface for a long period of time or horseback riding can be the cause. Landing on the buttocks during a fall can also cause ischial bursitis.
When ischial bursitis is related to physical activities it usually occurs from activities that involve excessive contraction of the hamstring muscles (muscles at the back of the thighs) like running. When the hamstrings rub on the bursae from excessive running, they cause soreness and irritation.
Dr. Suzan Starler at Star Chiropractic and Nutrition can provide a wide variety of healing modalities that are effective for treating ischial bursitis. Proper treatment will decrease pain, decrease inflammation and improve movement.