Gluteal Tendinopathy

If left untreated, gluteal tendinopathy can persist and worsen. Fortunately, conservative treatment, like the type provided in our St. George chiropractic clinic, is successful in over 90% of cases. 

About Gluteal Tendinopathy

This condition is the most common cause of lateral hip pain. “Bursitis” was once a focal point of lateral hip pain. However, recent evidence suggests that true “bursitis” is rare. If bursitis is present, it generally occurs due to another dysfunction, like gluteal tendinopathy. 

“Gluteal tendinopathy” means that one or more of the tendons that attach your buttock muscles to your hip bone have become irritated. Symptoms usually include pain on the outside of your hip, buttock, and upper thigh that started without any known injury. 

You will likely notice more discomfort when you are walking, standing on one leg, or climbing stairs and hills. Symptoms are often painful at night. If your pain is acute, you may need to temporarily avoid aggravating activities. For instance, long distance or fast paced running, and hill climbing may need to be avoided. 

How To Help Gluteal Tendinopathy

Low-stress exercises, including cycling or water-based exercises may be helpful. Runners should avoid running on a bank surface, like the crown of a road or indoor track. Be sure to reverse directions on a circular track each mile. Avoid running on wet or icy surfaces, and consider new training shoes after 300 miles. 

Cyclists should make sure that their seat is not positioned too high. To speed your recovery:

  1. Try to land softly on the front of your heels when you walk. In addition, take shorter, faster steps to avoid over-striding. You should avoid “hanging on one hip” and sitting or standing with your knees crossed.
  2. Restrict prolonged sitting, particularly on low height seats.
  3. Keep your knees spread (like sitting on a horse) to ease the tension when moving in and out of a chair. You will likely want to avoid side-lying sleep postures, as this triggers discomfort.

You may sleep more comfortably by placing a pillow between your knees. Avoid weighted blankets. Overweight patients will benefit from a weight reduction program. If left untreated, this condition can persist and worsen. Fortunately, treatments like the type provided in our St. George chiropractic clinic is successful in over 90% of cases. 

Your Visit With US

We start every visit with a comprehensive movement based assessment to identify any critical contributors to your pain. We then combine muscle release techniques with chiropractic adjustments to help relax your tight muscles and allow your body to move better and feel better. Then, most patients are brought to our rehab area, where we teach you stretches and exercises based on your needs and goals.

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