Gluteus Medius Syndrome With Rehab
ImageGluteus medius syndrome is a condition that causes pain and inflammation on the outer portion of the hip. Gluteus medius syndrome is caused by a muscle tear (strain) in the muscle or tendon in the gluteus medius muscle. The gluteus medius muscle is responsible for moving the thigh away from the other thigh (abducting), as well as stabilizing the hip while walking, running, and jumping. Gluteus medius syndrome usually involves a grade 1 or 2 strain of the muscle or tendon. Grade 1 strains cause pain, but the tendon is not lengthened. Grade 2 strains include a lengthened ligament due to the ligament being stretched or partially ruptured. With grade 2 strains there is still function, although the function may be decreased.
SYMPTOMS
CAUSES
Gluteus medius syndrome may be caused by either a severe (acute) or ongoing (chronic) injury. These injuries are often due to a sudden increase in the intensity, frequency, or duration of training. Typically, this condition is associated with tilting of the pelvis with running.
RISK INCREASES WITH:
PREVENTION
PROGNOSIS
If treated properly, gluteus medius syndrome usually heals within 2 to 6 weeks.
RELATED COMPLICATIONS
TREATMENT
Treatment first involves the use of ice and medicine to help reduce pain and inflammation. It is important to complete strengthening and stretching exercises, as well as modify any activity that aggravates symptoms. These exercises may be completed at home or with a therapist. For people with legs that are unequal in length, a shoe lift (orthotic) may be recommended. Rarely, surgery is needed and is only considered after more than 6 months of unsuccessful nonsurgical treatment.
MEDICATION
HEAT AND COLD
SEEK MEDICAL CARE IF:
EXERCISES
RANGE OF MOTION (ROM) AND STRETCHING EXERCISES - Gluteus Medius Syndrome
These exercises may help you when beginning to rehabilitate your injury. Your symptoms may go away with or without further involvement from your physician, physical therapist, or athletic trainer. While completing these exercises, remember:
ImageSTRETCH - Hip Rotators
Repeat this stretch __________ times. Complete this stretch __________ times per day.
ImageSTRETCH – Iliotibial Band
Repeat __________ times. Complete __________ times per day.
STRENGTHENING EXERCISES - Gluteus Medius Syndrome
These exercises may help you when beginning to rehabilitate your injury. They may resolve your symptoms with or without further involvement from your physician, physical therapist, or athletic trainer. While completing these exercises, remember:
ImageSTRENGTH - Hip Extensors, Bridge
Repeat __________ times. Complete this exercise __________ times per day.
ImageSTRENGTH - Hip Abductors, Straight Leg Raises
Be aware of your form throughout the entire exercise, so that you exercise the correct muscles. Poor form means that you are not strengthening the correct muscles.
Repeat __________ times. Complete this exercise __________ times per day.
ImageSTRENGTH - Hip Abductors, Quadruped
Repeat __________ times. Complete this exercise __________ times per day.
ImageSTRENGTH - Hip Abductors, Standing
Be aware of your form throughout the entire exercise, so that you exercise the correct muscles. Poor form means that you are not strengthening the correct muscles.
Repeat exercise __________ times. Complete this exercise __________ times per day.
 
This information is not intended to replace advice given to you by your health care provider. Make sure you discuss any questions you have with your health care provider.
 
Document Released: 12/18/2006 Document Revised: 01/08/2016 Document Reviewed: 04/01/2010
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