This sort of condition is certainly frustrating! Pain with walking, then with supine positioning would certainly lead me to consider spine involvement. The lumbar region loves to send pain to the glut and piriformis region. You could try doing an abdominal ‘set’ while getting out of bed etc. and see if that removes the pain by stabilizing the spine. When doing any step activity, make sure your hips don’t rock and stay in the same horizontal plane. Try actively performing a core contraction during these activities and see if that helps. Putting more training time into core strength and stabilization is always worthwhile.
Part-time Glute Pain, Piriformis?
Hi UA Crowd,
I’m hoping someone might be able shed some light on a lingering pain/soreness I’ve had for a couple of weeks.
The best description I have is my L glute will occasionally hurt while walking, specifically when I take my weight off that leg (standing or walking on R leg). This is especially noticeable after getting out of bed or laying down for a while. I’ll also notice a bit of pain, and maybe tightness, if I lay on my back on the floor – there’s a big difference in how my L and R glutes and hips feel in that position prior to any stretching.
This issue picked up when I began doing a more dedicated step up and step down strength program. I have trouble with both strength, and especially mobility, in each exercise. Running doesn’t seem to bother it much, though I’ll feel it occasionally on runs and have eased off if it’s very troublesome.
Foam rolling/ball rolling typically helps me through most hot spot issues. In this case it seems almost to make it worse. I found a piriformis stretch where you draw your affected side knee across the body. It seems to help quite a bit, certainly with immediate tightness.
I’m hoping someone might be able to shed some light on this issue and what could work to alleviate it! Thank you!
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