You may have snickered a bit when you read the words “dead butt” in the headline, and that’s understandable. However, the truth is that dead butt syndrome – also less interestingly known as gluteal amnesia – affects many Americans. In fact, it might even affect you! You probably just didn’t know what to call it.
The condition is characterized by an uncomfortable feeling in the – err – backside, caused by the muscles there not activating properly, notes Real Simple. “The gluteal muscle becomes neurologically inhibited and doesn’t activate when it should,” the source cites from a chiropractor. Here are more things to know about dead butt syndrome…
Symptoms Can Range
Healthline says that dead butt syndrome can feel like your behind is numb “or even a little sore” following long periods of time sitting in a chair. In these cases, the feeling may just be temporary and easily reversible, it adds.
However, the source also notes there’s a more serious version of dead butt syndrome that can affect more than what the name suggests. Pain can spread to your hips, lower back, and even your knees, it adds. You may also experience pain shooting down a leg. Inflammation of the hip bursa can also occur, which is painful, it adds.