Abductor Tears 2016-10-12T12:39:54+00:00

Abductor Tears

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What is an Abductor Tear?

The buttocks contains a large group of muscles call the hip abductors. The more familiar terms of the individual muscles include gluteus maximus, gluteus minimus, and tensor fascia lata muscles. These muscles work together to give the hip its wide range of motion and stability.

A gluteus medius tear is a condition categorized by a severely strained gluteus medius muscle. The tear can result in a partial or complete rupture of the muscle. It is also referred to as rotator cuff tear of the hip.

Causes of Abductor Tear

The causes of a tear or rupture of the gluteus medius muscle are usually concurrent with high-impact sports activities such as soccer and basketball where sudden bursts of movement can put too much strain on the gluteus medius. Runners are also susceptible to an abductor tear from overuse. Any traumatic injury or degenerative changes may lead to a partial or complete tear of the gluteus muscle.

Symptoms of Abductor Tear

The most noticeable symptom of an abductor tear is pain. It will be difficult to lie on the affected side. Other symptoms may include:

  • Pain or tenderness over the lateral aspect of the hip.
  • Additional discomfort or pain with continued activities of running, climbing stairs and prolonged sitting or walking.
  • A main symptom of gluteus medius tear is a positive Trendelenburg sign.
  • Unable to effectively bear weight on the affected hip.

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms and have not yet been diagnosed or treated, Sideline Orthopedics offers comprehensive care of hip conditions and injury. We specialize in diagnosing the problem correctly and designing a treatment plan that will get you back in the game.

Non-surgical Treatment of Abductor Tear

Early treatment and diagnosis can prevent this painful condition from becoming a chronic problem that might require surgery. Short-term use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications along with physical therapy are the conservative approaches to treating abductor tears. Other treatments involve:

  • Ice
  • Rest
  • Modification of exercise or changing exercise completely
  • Physical therapy to rehabilitate and strengthen muscles if they are strained and not torn.

Surgical Treatment of Abductor Tear

The earlier the tear is diagnosed the better the surgical outcome if the severity requires surgery. Unrepaired, damaged tendons generally create scar tissue that makes the repair more challenging. Dr. Bart Eastwood is fellowship trained in hip arthroscopy and provides high quality care and state-of-the-art surgical techniques to patients with hip injuries.

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