Hip

Abductor Tears + Tendenitis

Overview

Hip abductors are a major group of muscles found in the buttocks. It includes the gluteus maximus, gluteus medius, gluteus minimus, and tensor fascia lata muscles.

Symptoms of an abductor tear include:

  • Pain or tenderness
  • Additional discomfort or pain with continued activities of running, climbing stairs, and prolonged walking
  • Trendelenburg gait - dropping of the pelvis towards the unaffected side causing a limp
  • Unable to effectively bear weight on the affected hip

Diagnosis

To diagnose a hip labral tear, the doctor will do a physical examination, x-rays, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

Treatment Options

Early treatment of abductor tendenitis can prevent the abductor from tearing (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. The earlier the tear is diagnosed the better the surgical outcome if the severity requires surgery.

Physical Therapy

Your doctor may recommend physical therapy to help you regain strength in your hip and to restore range of motion. After your procedure, you may need to use a cane, crutches, or a walker for a time.