What pain and symptoms are associated with the gluteus medius muscle?
- Pain in the lower back around the beltline.
- Pain in the hip
- Pain in the buttock
- Pain occasionally extends down the outside of the leg
- Pain occasionally extends into back of the leg
- Pain when laying on the affected side
- Pain when sitting slouched
Where is the gluteus medius muscle?
The gluteus medius is located toward back and side of the hip. It attaches the hip bone to the upper leg.
What movements does the gluteus medius control?
- Moves the thigh sideways away from the body
- Twists the thigh in toward the body
Activities that cause gluteus medius pain and symptoms:
- Sitting for long periods of time with legs crossed
- Standing on hard surfaces for an extended time
- Walking and carrying an heavy item
- Carrying a child on the hip
- Always carrying heavy objects on one side such as filled buckets, heavy briefcase, etc.
- Aerobic exercise
- Weight lifting
Interesting facts about the gluteus medius:
- As you walk, the two gluteus medius muscles take turns supporting your full upper body weight. Every one pound of extra body weight adds two pounds to the gluteus medius workload.
- The gluteus medius stabilizes the hip to allow you to stand on one leg.
Clinical diagnoses to which this muscle symptoms may contribute:
- Sacroiliac joint dysfunction
- Sacroiliac joint displacement
- Inflammation of the sub gluteus medius bursa
- Trochanteric bursitis
- Hip Pointer
- Hip dislocation
- Piriformis syndrome
- Tensor fasciae latae syndrome
- Intervertebral stenosis
- Ankylosing spondylitis
- Cauda equina syndrome
- Rheumatoid arthritis
Other muscles that should be considered and examined in conjunction with the gluteus medius:
- Gluteus Maximus
- Gluteus Minimus
- Quadratus Lumborum
- Gemellus Superior and Inferior
- Obturator Internus and Externus
Satellite Trigger Points: Quadratus lumborum, Gluteus minimus, Piriformis, Tensor fascia latae
Affected Organ System: Urinary and Reproductive System
For detailed anatomy information see: Gluteus Medius Anatomy: Origin, Insertion, Action, Innervation
Help with Gluteus Medius Muscle Pain
Sombra Warm Therapy Pain Relieving Gel is a pain relieving gel that I use both personally and professionally in my massage therapy practice. Unlike other over the counter heating creams, it provides warmth without burning heat. Applying Sombra to the muscles across the lower back and down into the hips, buttocks and side and back of the thighs can help reduce pain and tightness caused by the gluteus medius muscle. I recommend Sombra for chronic pain and pain from arthritis.
Cold Therapy Gel For Gluteus Medius Injury and Pain
Biofreeze Pain Relieving Gel is an excellent pain relieving gel and I recommend it for those who have sudden onset muscle pain or recent injuries. It is better than warm therapy gels and creams for recent injury muscle pain as it cools the area much like ice and does not promote swelling. A recent study showed that Biofreeze decreased pain 2 times more than ice and the pain relief lasts 9 – 10 longer. If your pain is from a recent injury to the glute medius or low back muscles I would recommend applying Biofreeze across the low back, hips and entire buttock area.
Support for Hip, Buttock, and Low Back Pain Related To The Gluteus Muscles
The Cramer E6 Groin Hip Spica is a full hip wrap and provides support for hip, buttock, groin and thigh pain and injuries. The wrap is made to fit high up on the thigh and wraps around the hip with a abdomen band that will hold the wrap in place. The brace is pliable neoprene which provides warmth and making it comfortable to wear. Recommended by Physical Therapists and athletic trainers for high thigh and groin injuries. Consider this brace if your pain is in the buttocks, hip, groin and upper thigh area.
Trigger Point Self Treatment For Gluteus Medius Hip, Buttock, Leg and Low Back Pain
Do you know that muscle ‘knots’ in the gluteus medius muscle can cause pain throughout the hips, buttocks, legs and low back?
If you are interest in treating back pain caused by trigger points I recommend you purchase Claire Davies The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook: Your Self-Treatment Guide for Pain Relief Mr. Davies explains the trigger point phenomenon and muscle pain in everyday language. But what makes this book worth its weight in gold are the individual muscle trigger point treatments that Davies has compiled. His diagrams and step by step instructions help you locate which muscles are contributing to your pain, how to find the trigger point and treat it. He also provides stretching and strengthening exercises for each muscle. If you suffer with unresolved back, hip, buttock and leg pain I highly recommend this book. It takes time and practice to master finding trigger points, but once you learn you have a tool and method to help relieve muscle pain throughout the body. Relieving trigger points in the glute muscles have helped many people reduce or even resolve their low back, buttock and hip pain issues. This book is a must have for anyone interested in finding the cause and treating muscle pain.
The Theracane Massager is a self treatment massage tool for use on those hard to reach areas on the neck, shoulders, back, hips and legs. If you are considering buying the book The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook, you will need to buy the Theracane to use the treatment methods detailed in the book.