What Is Gluteal Tendinopathy?
Gluteal Tendinopathy (GT), often referred to as Greater Trochanter Pain Syndrome (GTPS), can affect both athletes and those who are inactive. The disorder occurs when a tendinopathy, or a disorder with a tendon, develops in one of the gluteal muscles or Greater Trochanter. When this occurs, the tendons can become inflamed, making it very painful to sit, stand, or walk.
The gluteal muscles are a collection of three muscles that make up the gluteal region usually known as the buttocks.
Here are a few ways to recognize and alleviate some of the symptoms related to gluteal tendinopathy.
Causes of Gluteal Tendinopathy
Gluteal tendinopathy can develop due to many different causes such as gluteal muscle overuse from frequent running or jogging, as well as muscle fatigue that creates an imbalance in the gluteal muscles that provide hip support.
However, most cases of gluteal tendinopathy stem from tiny tears in the tendon tissue. Tears can often occur if the muscle is too weak or isn’t strong enough to support the body, explaining why gluteal tendinopathy commonly occurs in those suffering from obesity.
Gluteal Tendinopathy Symptoms
One of the most common symptoms of gluteal tendinopathy is debilitating hip pain, especially in the outer hips and lateral thigh. Those suffering from the disorder may also notice swelling or redness around the hips.
Treatments for Gluteal Tendinopathy
If you are suffering from gluteal tendinopathy, then it is important to give your gluteal muscles time to rest and heal. The most straightforward and natural way to relieve pain and encourage healing is by reducing the amount of strain you put on your hips by avoiding heavy lifting or excessive running. For example, if you regularly perform deep squats during workouts, you will want to change up your routine to include lighter exercises that limit hip strain. You can also apply ice to the affected areas to reduce pain and inflammation.
However, if you are still suffering from intense pain in your hips even after adjusting your lifestyle and applying natural treatments, then the best thing you can do is consult with an orthopaedic specialist at Orthopaedic Associates of St. Augustine to discuss more advanced treatment options.
Your Local Orthopaedic Treatment Specialists
At Orthopaedic Associates of St. Augustine, we understand how much hip pain can impact your daily routine. Therefore, our expert team of dedicated orthopaedic specialists and physicians will do everything we can to help reduce and relieve your gluteal tendinopathy pain by walking you through our expert treatment plans and advanced surgical procedures. When you choose Orthopaedic Associates of St. Augustine, you are taking the first step towards returning to a pain-free life.
If you’re experiencing gluteal tendinopathy-related pain or discomfort, request an appointment today by booking online or giving us a call at 904-825-0540.
CASEY McCLONE, MD
Board Certifications in Family Medicine and Sports Medicine. Dr. McClone specializes in treating musculoskeletal pain for patients of all ages with ultra-sound guided injections.
Sina Kasraeian, MD
Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and has extensive training in arthroscopy and sports medicine reconstructive procedures.