Glute Tears

Gluteal Tears Treatment in Raleigh, NC

The gluteal muscles are a major group of muscles located at the back of the pelvis forming the buttocks that helps in the stability of the hip. The gluteal muscles comprise of three muscles: gluteus maximus, gluteus medius, and the gluteus minimus. These muscles facilitate in abduction, extension, internal and external rotational movements of the hip.

Gluteal tears occur either as a result of injury or strain of the muscle.

What Are the Symptoms of Glute Tears?

The main symptom is pain or irritation of varied intensity in the hip region. Prolonged activities like sitting, standing, and walking might exacerbate the symptoms. These tears are associated with aging. It is commonly seen in people who participate in sports activities that involve constant forceful movements of the hip or any conditions that cause friction on the gluteal tendon.

A muscle strain may be graded according to its severity as follows:

  • Grade 1: A gentle tear of the muscle accompanied with pain but there is no loss of range of motion or strength.
  • Grade 2: A partial tear of muscle associated with incomplete loss of strength and flexibility.
  • Grade 3: Complete tear or rupture of the gluteal muscles with total loss of strength and movements.

What Are the Causes of Glute Tears?

Any traumatic injury or a degenerative condition of the hip might lead to a gluteal muscle tear. As a result of an acute traumatic injury, a partial or full thickness tear may occur; this might lead to localized bleeding, scar tissue formation, and tendon calcification. Degenerative conditions or chronic inflammation of the gluteal tendons (tendinopathy) from overuse may lead to complete rupture of the tendon.

How Does Dr. Kanaan Diagnose Glute Tears?

Diagnosis of a gluteal muscle tear is based on the following:

  • Medical history
  • General physical examination: Palpation over the hip area may exhibit tenderness. Standard muscle testing such as hip abduction, flexion, internal and external rotation, and hip extension will be performed. Any gait abnormalities will be detected along with the underlying cause
  • Investigations: Hip or pelvic X-rays are indicated to rule out other possible causes of hip pain. Occasionally, a MRI or ultrasound may be recommended.

How Does Dr. Kanaan Treat Glute Tears?

The symptoms of a gluteal muscle tear may be treated conservatively. Surgery is indicated only in severe cases. The nonsurgical treatment options include:

  • Apply ice bags over the affected area to reduce tenderness and swelling
  • Start NSAIDs prescribed by your doctor to cut back pain and inflammation
  • Physical therapy as recommended by your doctor
  • Steroid Injections
  • PRP Injections

Schedule an Appointment for Glute Tear Treatment

Dr. Kanaan is highly trained at diagnosing & treating glute tears. He will discover the best treatment option for you. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact our office at (919) 719-2270.

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