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Put Down the Phone and Get Moving

Hip, knee and back pain can set in by overdoing it, or also by not getting enough exercise. (Kevin Patrick Allen)
Hip, knee and back pain can set in by overdoing it, or also by not getting enough exercise. (Kevin Patrick Allen)
June 3, 2016

BALTIMORE, Md. - It may sound like a joke or an insult, but Dormant Butt Syndrome is a real issue and affects millions of Americans.

It's a weakness of the gluteal muscles that can be caused by repetitive motions, or by sitting still for too long.

Wexner Medical Center physical therapist Chris Kolba says for athletes, if the buttock muscles aren't strong, it can lead to other injuries.

"When that glute muscle isn't working to its maximum efficiency, it decreases our ability to absorb shock," says Kolba. "It can lead to various things like back pain, hip pain, knee pain, muscle strains, things of that nature."

Dormant Butt Syndrome also happens when we sit still too long. He says younger people are beginning to experience hip and back pain at an earlier age because they're not moving around enough; they're texting, web surfing or watching videos.

Kolba says our bodies are meant to move, and technology has created a society of sedentary people.

He's especially worried about kids because they aren't outside running, jumping and playing as much as they used to.

"They're going to have poor posture, they're going to have poor movement patterns, they're going to have weak muscles, and typically if they're unactive kids, they a lot of times may grow up to be unactive adults," Kolba says.

It's not just about pain. The lack of exercise is attributed to cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes.

The University of Maryland Medical Center says the combination of inactivity and eating the wrong foods is the second most common preventable cause of death in the United States, with smoking being the first.

Veronica Carter, Public News Service - MD