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Gluteus Medius/Minimus Injury

The gluteus muscles make up the outer buttocks in the human body. These broad and strong muscles make activities such as running and jumping possible. The gluteus medius (located at the outer part of the hip) and minimus (located behind the gluteus medius) work to straighten the hip during activity, assist with outer movements of the hip, and help stabilize the pelvis. Gluteus tears cause chronic hip pain.

What causes Gluteus Medius or Gluteus Minimus Injuries?

While gluteus tears can result from traumatic injuries, most are degenerative and caused by chronic inflammation from repetitive movements and overuse. They are sometimes associated with trochanteric bursitis. (A trochanter is a protrusion that serves as an attachment of the femur near its joint with the hip bone.) 

How do you know you have a Gluteus Medius or Gluteus Minimus Injury?

The primary symptoms of a gluteal tear include:

  • Pain in the hip and lower back that worsens with extended periods of sitting or standing
  • Buttock pain
  • Night pain (when lying on the affected side)
  • Development of a limp
  • Difficulty bearing weight

How does OSI fix a Gluteus Medius or Gluteus Minimus Injury?

Our board-certified hip specialists are experienced in advanced techniques for the treatment of gluteus tears and can help ease your hip pain and get you moving again. Our OSI hip doctors will listen to your symptoms, discuss your concerns, and work with you to develop an effective treatment plan. One or more of the following will help determine the best course of care:

  • Physical exam: Your doctor will begin with a thorough consultation to understand your symptoms, talk with you about any activities you may be doing that aggravate the condition, and follow with a full physical exam.
  • Imaging tests: X-rays or an MRI may help in providing the final diagnosis on the gluteus tear.

Nonsurgical Treatment

Nonsurgical treatments for tears in the gluteus medius/minimus include:

  • Rest
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications
  • Physical therapy

Surgical Treatment

Surgical repair to reattach the torn gluteus muscle may be necessary. Often, your OSI hip surgeon can perform the surgery arthroscopically, which is a minimally -invasive procedure. Postoperative recovery typically involves 6 weeks of restricted weight bearing (with assisted device) and 6 weeks in a hip brace.