The article discusses a 26-year-old interior designer from Zhejiang Province, China, who began experiencing lower back pain two months ago. Initially attributed to a lack of exercise, the pain intensified to the point where even tying her shoelaces became difficult. She began to incorporate running and exercise into her daily routine; however, this led to additional knee pain.🤣
After visiting a community health clinic, a doctor diagnosed her with "dead butt syndrome", also known as gluteal amnesia. The sedentary nature of her job had caused the gluteus maximus muscles to become inactive, leading to weaker supporting muscles in the back and legs compensating for the slack. This resulted in the lower back and knees becoming strained from overuse.
The article notes a particular test to identify the onset of "dead butt syndrome": the individual is asked to perform a deep squat, and any pelvic tilting, inward collapsing of the knees, or abnormal curvature of the spine during the movement indicates a need for medical attention.
The condition is becoming increasingly common, particularly among young professionals who spend prolonged periods sitting, leading to doctors recommending regular breaks for light exercise and small changes in working posture to prevent the atrophy of muscles supporting the lower back and legs.