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Top Tips for lateral Hip Pain and Gluteal Tendinopathy

 Have you been struggling with hip pain?

One of the first things we need to do when a patient presents with hip pain is to figure out if the hip joint and the muscles around the hip are the cause of the pain or if the hip pain is being referred from another source such as the lower back. Once we rule out other causes of the hip pain we can focus on the hip joint and muscles surrounding the hip.

What are some of the tests we use to determine if the pain is coming from the hip joint or a common condition known as gluteal tendinopathy?

The hip lag sign, 30 Second Single Leg Stance Test, and the Resisted External De-rotation Test are 3 common tests we use to diagnose gluteal tendinopathy. These tests will give us a very good idea if the pain is coming from the hip joint and surrounding muscles.

How common is gluteal tendinopathy?

Tendinopathy involving the gluteus minimus and gluteus medius is the most common cause of lateral hip pain. Gluteal tendon tears have been dubbed the "rotator cuff tears of the hip" due to their similar anatomy, etiology, and managmement.

What exercises can I complete to help with my lateral hip pain?

Great Question. We use a program called ChiroUp that contains descriptions and videos patients can follow for their exercises. Follow the link below to learn more about the exercises for lateral hip pain and gluteal tendinopathy. (The exercises are under the Management section.)

Gluteal Exercises Link from ChiroUp

If you need help managing your hip pain please let our office know and we'd be glad to help!

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