Dead Butt Syndrome: Seriously?? Yes.

Dead Butt Syndrome is the recently coined term for an inflammatory condition of the gluteus medius muscles (a.k.a. gluteus medius tendinosis) that results in sub-optimal performance…and a funny, waddling, walking gate. If the problem is left untreated, it may affect other areas, such as the knees, Achilles tendon, calves and feet.

How do you know you have it?

  • A deep, gnawing, aching, crushing butt pain may be some of the descriptions that people use.
  • It may refer to the sit bones in your butt, or further down the back of the leg to the calf.
  • It tends to be worse when sitting for a prolonged period of time or in the first few minutes of exercise, gets better while you’re exercising, then gets worse again later.

What can you do about it?

  • Stretch: Your glutes need a gentle warm-up before exercise.
  • Give them another break and stretch during, and after exercise.
  • Avoid certain types of direct pressure: avoid prolonged pressure to the area, like sitting on a wallet for hours at a time.
  • Cross-train: Variety is the spice of life. Muscle groups need a break and cross-training can help increase endurance and decrease your times. Give it a try!

What if it won’t go away?

  • Get rid of the Trigger Points that cause this problem. Schedule an appointment with a qualified sports medicine acupuncturist who is skilled in the treatment of trigger points, often referred to as “dry needling”.
  • It rapidly decreases the tension in the muscles.
  • Allows the underlying nerves to decompress.
  • Increases local circulation to the tissue (which decreases pain).
  • Increases ATP production and enhances sport performance.
  • Increases plyometric strength and explosiveness.

At Peak Performance Acupuncture Sports Medicine, its what we do, every day.

Stop the Dead Butt Syndrome Waddle!! Look for a qualified practitioner in your area, or if you live in Boulder, Colorado you may contact us for further information or to schedule an appointment. 303.668.9900