Why has my butt hurt so bad since I got my hip replaced?

We hear that question a lot from our patients with hip replacements, and we’re here to answer it for all our lovely readers.

There are a few potential causes for buttock pain after a hip replacement, so let’s walk through them.

Causes of buttock pain after hip replacement

Here are a few potential reasons why you’re experiencing buttock pain in the time since your hip replacement:

  1. Sciatica —Sciatica is a painful condition that occurs when a bone presses up against the sciatic nerve. This nerve runs from your lower back down to your feet, so it’s possible that your new hip is pinching your sciatic nerve and generating pain in your backside.
  2. Bursitis —Our joints have small, fluid-filled sacs called bursae. These normally provide cushion for our joints, but they can become inflamed and cause significant pain. Hip replacements are known to irritate the bursae and cause bursitis in the buttock area.
  3. Tendinitis —Tendinitis is a condition characterized by inflammation in the tendons (the tissue that attaches the muscle to the bone). This is a common cause of post-hip-replacement buttock pain. It also tends to worsen as you move your legs and hips, so it can get quite uncomfortable.

What to do about your buttock pain

While it is completely normal to feel buttock pain after a hip replacement, you obviously want to make it go away as soon as possible. 

There are two important things to do in this regard:

  • Talk to your doctor —If you have one of the conditions listed above, your doctor may prescribe a cortisone injection or an anti-inflammatory medication. It’s also possible that your pain stems from an allergic reaction to your new hip, which your doctor will be able to address.
  • Schedule a physical therapy appointment —Learning to live with a hip replacement can take time. You may have trouble walking or even just getting out of bed for a while. A physical therapist will help you strengthen your muscles and joints and improve your flexibility so it’s easier to move. They will also teach you how to move in a way that limits the amount of pain you experience.

If you are looking for a physical therapist in or near El Paso, Texas, call Performance PT! Contact our team today for more information or to schedule an initial appointment.