Gluteal Tendinopathy: Integrating Pathomechanics and Clinical Features in Its Management

J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2015 Nov;45(11):910-22. doi: 10.2519/jospt.2015.5829. Epub 2015 Sep 17.


Synopsis Gluteal tendinopathy is now believed to be the primary local source of lateral hip pain, or greater trochanteric pain syndrome, previously referred to as trochanteric bursitis. This condition is prevalent, particularly among postmenopausal women, and has a considerable negative influence on quality of life. Improved prognosis and outcomes in the future for those with gluteal tendinopathy will be underpinned by advances in diagnostic testing, a clearer understanding of risk factors and comorbidities, and evidence-based management programs. High-quality studies that meet these requirements are still lacking. This clinical commentary provides direction to assist the clinician with assessment and management of the patient with gluteal tendinopathy, based on currently limited available evidence on this condition and the wider tendon literature and on the combined clinical experience of the authors. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther 2015;45(11):910-922. Epub 17 Sep 2015. doi:10.2519/jospt.2015.5829.

Keywords: greater trochanteric pain syndrome; hip; lateral hip pain; trochanteric bursitis.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Athletic Injuries / pathology*
  • Athletic Injuries / rehabilitation*
  • Buttocks / pathology*
  • Exercise Therapy*
  • Humans
  • Muscle, Skeletal / pathology*
  • Pain Measurement
  • Physical Therapy Modalities*
  • Quality of Life
  • Risk Factors
  • Tendinopathy / pathology*
  • Tendinopathy / rehabilitation*