Written by Adrian Choy, Exercise Physiologist at Blacktown. Article from December 2018
A Pain In The Ass
The most prevalent lower limb tendinopathy isn’t located in the knee or ankle, but in fact is in the backside. Gluteal tendinopathy (tendon condition of the bottom muscles) greatly impacts the quality of life as it causes substantial amounts of pain in the lateral aspect of the hips. Women over the age of 40 years are shown to have the highest prevalence of this condition. Although gluteal tendinopathy is evident in sedentary individuals, it is also seen in athletes (particularly runners) (2).
Two of the gluteal muscles, the gluteus medius and gluteus minimus, are currently considered as the main culprits causing the lateral hip pain.