How are Gluteus Medius and Gluteus Minimus Tears Diagnosed?
Diagnosis of gluteal tendon tears involve a thorough history and physical examination along with MRI confirmation of the tear. During the examination, Dr. Yau will perform a series of tests to determine lateral hip tenderness, pain level and hip muscle weakness.
- Grade 1- Mild pain with little or no loss of mobility
- Grade 2- Partial tear with mild pain and a noticeable loss in strength and flexibility
- Grade 3- Complete tear with severe pain, complete loss of strength and limited mobility
How are Gluteus Medius and Gluteus Minimus Tears Treated?
Many cases of a gluteus medius and gluteus minimus tears can be treated with non-operative measures. Dr. Yau commonly prescribes a combination of rest, ice, medications, activity modifications and physical therapy.
If the patient fails conservative treatment or has a complete tear, Dr. Yau commonly recommends surgical repair of the torn tendon in order to restore hip function. Although many of these tears can be repaired through a minimally invasive arthroscopic approach, Dr. Yau will make the determination based on the severity of tear. Some more extensive tendon tears are better repaired through a traditional open repair.
For more information on injuries to the gluteal muscles, or to determine if you have experienced a gluteus medius tear or a torn gluteus minimus, please contact the orthopedic office of Dr. Jervis Yau, hip specialist located in the Santa Barbara, Goleta, Santa Maria and Ventura, California communities.