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Lumbar Disc Herniation/Sciatica

Back pain is a common experience for many athletes. A herniated disc, sometimes called a ruptured or slipped disc, can be a source of this pain. The lumbar discs are tough and fibrous on the outside, with a soft, jelly-like center. The lumbar discs can rupture, causing the soft material in the center to push against the outer ring. A lumbar herniated disc puts pressure on the spinal cord and nerves, resulting in pain that can be severe. Sometimes the pain from a lumbar disc herniation can radiate down one or both legs. This pain radiating down the leg is often referred to as “sciatica.”

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Ischial Bursitis

Ischial bursitis, also called ischiogluteal bursitis or “weaver’s bottom,” is a condition that causes pain in the buttocks. It’s caused by inflammation of the ischial bursae, the fluid-filled sacs that reduce friction between the hamstring muscles and the bony prominence of the pelvis that you sit o

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Piriformis Syndrome

Piriformis syndrome is a rare pain disorder that involves the narrow piriformis muscles located on either side of the upper buttocks. The muscle’s primary purpose is to rotate the hip externally — i.e. turning the hip so the knee points away from the other leg. The sciatic nerve is a large nerve that runs from the lower back down the back of the legs. In most people the sciatic nerve passes behind the piriformis, but in some it goes through the piriformis. If the piriformis presses on the sciatic nerve, the nerve can become compromised, resulting in severe pain.

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Sacroiliac (SI) Joint Sprain

The sacroiliac joints, sometimes called the SI joints, are where the two iliac bones of the pelvis join with the sacrum, a triangular bone at the base of the spine. The SI joints help to support your body’s weight and allow you to twist at the hips. These bones are held together by several very strong ligaments, the tough, fibrous tissue that connects bones. These ligaments can become stretched or torn by repetitive motion seen in many sports. Athletes with an SI joint sprain typically experience pain in their lower back or upper buttocks

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Upswing is led by two orthopedic surgeons with over 50 combined years of healthcare leadership and experience.

    Dr. Jay Kimmel

  • Dr. Jay Kimmel is an orthopedic surgeon with Advanced Orthopedics New England. Dr. Kimmel specializes in Sports Medicine with an emphasis on shoulder and knee injuries.
  • Assistant clinical professor in both the department of family medicine and department of orthopedics at the University of Connecticut.
  • Dr. Kimmel is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery and is board-certified in Orthopedic Surgery.
  • Sport of Choice: Tennis

    Dr. Steven Schutzer

  • Dr. Steve Schutzer is a Founding Member and Medical Director of the Connecticut Joint Replacement Institute at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center,
  • President of the Connecticut Joint Replacement Surgeons, LLC and Physician Executive for the Orthopedic Service Line at Trinity Health Of New England.
  • Highly sought-after national speaker on value-based healthcare.
  • Sport of Choice: Tae Kwon Do

We suggested this condition because you mentioned these symptoms:

This is not a medical diagnosis. If you are in extreme pain, please dial 911 or go to emergency.

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How did you hurt it?

Twisting or Overuse

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Is your hip stiff?


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