Gluteal pain syndrome

Gluteal pain syndrome

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What is Gluteal pain syndrome ?

Gluteal pain syndrome (GPS), also known as gluteal muscle pain or gluteus medius/minimus tendinopathy, is a condition characterized by pain and tenderness in the buttock area. It is a common cause of hip and buttock pain and can affect individuals of all ages and activity levels.


Symptoms of GPS may include:

  • Pain and tenderness in the buttock area
  • Pain that worsens with activity, particularly walking, running, or climbing stairs
  • Stiffness or limited range of motion in the hip joint
  • Weakness or difficulty with balance or coordination
Risk factors

Risk factors for GPS may include:

  • Overuse or repetitive strain on the hip joint, such as in runners or athletes
  • Poor posture or biomechanics, which can put additional stress on the hip joint
  • Previous hip surgery or injury
  • Certain medical conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis

Treatment for GPS may include:

  • Rest and avoiding activities that aggravate the pain
  • Ice or heat therapy to reduce pain and inflammation
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to relieve pain and inflammation
  • Physical therapy to improve hip strength, flexibility, and biomechanics
  • Corticosteroid injections to reduce inflammation in the affected area
  • In rare cases, surgery may be recommended for severe or persistent cases of GPS.

It is important to seek medical attention from a healthcare provider if you suspect you may have GPS, as early diagnosis and treatment can help improve outcomes and prevent long-term complications.

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