Gluteal tendinopathy refers to pathology of the tendon that connects the powerful gluteal muscles of the hip and pelvis to the thigh bone. It typically occurs in females over the age of 55 with studies estimating that 10-25% of females in this age bracket will experience some form of gluteal tendinopathy.
Patients with gluteal tendinopathy often present complaining of pain on the side of their hip, which is worsened by going up and/or down stairs, going from sitting to standing, brisk walking or laying on the painful side. The pain may also spread further down the leg and can occasionally spread as far as the lower back.
Physiotherapists are trained to assess, diagnose and treat gluteal tendinopathy. Assessment of this condition includes specific tests to rule out pathology of the surrounding joints, functional tests, special movement tests and palpation of the gluteal muscles and tendon.
Your physiotherapist will advise you regarding activities to avoid and activities to continue, and strategies to manage your condition. Patient education comprises an important part of your treatment to assist with recovery. Your physiotherapist will typically also prescribe a specific graduated strengthening exercise programme over 12 weeks based on your assessment findings. A treatment approach that includes education and exercise is supported in the literature with one study showing positive results at both 6 months and 12 months after the initial consultation.
All of our physiotherapists at North Balwyn Physiotherapy Clinic are trained in assessing, diagnosing and treating gluteal tendinopathies. If you are experiencing some of these symptoms and are concerned about your symptoms, please do not hesitate to contact our clinic to book in an assessment with one of our physiotherapists.