Gluteal Tendinopathy- What You Need to Know
Generally, Gluteal Tendinopathy is the primary local source of lateral hip pain, or greater trochanteric pain syndrome, previously referred to as trochanteric bursitis.
A person may experience pain over the greater trochanter that may extend down the lateral thigh.
This condition is prevalent, particularly among postmenopausal women, and has a considerable negative influence on quality of life.
People with this condition will have difficulty with lying on their side at night, standing, walking, climbing up or down stairs, and sitting.
Is this something usual?
It is relatively common affecting 10-25% of the population.
It is 3 times more prevalent in women than men and is most common in women between the ages of 40 and 60.
One of the reasons for this is women tend to have a greater angle at their hip joint increasing compressive forces on the tendon.
Signs and Symptoms include:
• Pain on the outside of your hip, can refer down outside of the thigh to the knee
• Worse when going up and/or down stairs
• Worse lying on affected side (and sometimes on the other side)
• Worse when crossing legs
How can this be diagnosed?
A thorough examination of the hip, back, and pelvis would be undertaken to determine if the primary cause of the trochanteric pain lies at, or is distant to, the greater trochanter.
It is important to note that the site of any reproduced pain provides the clinician with valuable information, increasing the diagnostic accuracy of the test.