Dormant Butt Syndrome

There are many reasons a person might be experiencing chronic pain – improper posture, poor work ergonomics and repetitive stress, and recurring injuries to name a few. But a less obvious reason is making its way into the spotlight: Dormant Butt Syndrome (DBS). In an article from the Washington Times, Dr. Chris Kolba, a physical therapist at Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center, claims that DBS, a condition in which weakened glute muscles do not perform the way they should, may be the cause of chronic pain in anyone from professional athletes to office workers.

In the article, Kolba stresses that “The rear end should act as support for the entire body and as a shock absorber for stress during exercise. But if it’s too weak, other parts of the body take up the slack and often results in injury.” He said that the main causes are sleeping in the fetal position and sitting for long periods every day; after all, sitting is the new smoking.

So, what do we do about our weakened, inefficient gluteus Maximus? Kolba has two suggestions: keeping our hips mobile with stretching and flexibility exercises, as well as strengthening our glutes with strength training exercises like squats or lunges.

PTS, have you had any patients with chronic pain who might have DBS? What treatments would you recommend? Do you think DBS might be the underlying cause of chronic pain in millions of Americans? Do you disagree with Kolba’s claim? Let us know in the comments!

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