If there is such a symptom as lower back pain radiating to the buttocks, then you are advised to carry out Diers spine computerized topography and Magnetic resonance imaging cervical, breast and lumbosacral spine
Which doctor to contact
A neurologist treats back pain radiating to the buttocks. The specialist will carry out differential diagnostics and prescribe treatment. If necessary, a neurologist can recommend a consultation with a neurosurgeon or orthopedic traumatologist.
Treatment of low back pain radiating to the buttocks
To reduce pain and inflammation, cold compresses are helpful. If lower back pain radiates to the buttocks due to hypothermia, myositis, excessive physical exertion, bruising or lumbodynia, it is necessary to use anti-inflammatory and warming ointments and gels. The patient is shown complete rest and restorative therapy. The doctor also prescribes pain relievers, anti-inflammatory drugs and vitamin preparations. In some cases, mechanical traction of the spine and therapeutic massage are required. Manual therapy and acupuncture have proven themselves well in back pain.
Drug therapy for various diseases of the spinal column includes non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, glucocorticoid hormones, muscle relaxants, chondroprotectors, and B vitamins.
If pain is caused by a herniated disc, severe injuries and bone pathologies, surgery is necessary.
It is possible to relieve pain in sciatica with the help of thermal procedures. Also, the patient should take pain relievers, perform various exercises to restore physical activity and to relax. Physiotherapy – phonophoresis, UHF, diadynamic therapy and amplipulse therapy – will help to enhance blood flow and strengthen muscles.
If a patient is diagnosed with osteochondrosis, then he be prescribed antispasmodics, antioxidant drugs, drugs to improve the blood supply to tissues and regenerate cartilage tissue.
Radicular pain can cause serious impairment of motor and autonomic functions. Prolonged compression leads to axonal dystrophy and the development of persistent neurological disorders. Also, radicular syndrome can provoke dysfunctions of the pancreas and thyroid glands, changes in heart rate, diseases of the digestive system and sudden surges in blood pressure.
If sciatica is not cured, then it threatens with stiffness in movements when walking, loss of the ability to stand on heels or toes. Acute pain causes sleep disturbance, neurosis, stress and fainting. The patient may develop muscle atrophy in the leg. If the nerve roots that ensure the functioning of the pelvic organs are strongly compressed, then the patient has disorders of urination and defecation.
Complications of lumbar osteochondrosis include:
- intervertebral hernia;
- deposition of salts in the intervertebral space;
- paralysis of the legs.
Launched osteochondrosis often leads to the patient’s disability.
Prevention of low back pain radiating to the buttocks
To prevent pain in the lumbar spine radiating to the buttocks, doctors recommend following a number of rules:
- engage in physiotherapy exercises to strengthen the muscles of the back;
- keep your back straight when lifting weights;
- take breaks from physical work or long sitting at the computer;
- avoid self-medication;
- sleep on an orthopedic mattress with a flat surface;
- eat properly;
- wear orthopedic shoes;
- undergo general strengthening massage courses.