Posttraumatic Isolated Right Gluteus Minimus Tear: A Case Report

Cureus. 2022 Mar 11;14(3):e23056. doi: 10.7759/cureus.23056. eCollection 2022 Mar.


Greater trochanteric pain syndrome (GTPS) is often diagnosed in patients who present with pain over the lateral aspect of the hip. Trauma with injury to the gluteus minimus and medius muscles results in hip pain, which should be considered when diagnosing chronic pain of the lateral hip. The gluteus minimus tendon insertion is located anterior to the anterior facet of the greater trochanter of the femur anatomically. Hence, gluteus minimus tendon pathology may also manifest as chronic lateral hip pain and is considered as the etiology of GTPS. These conditions do not respond to physiotherapy and analgesia. Both open and keyhole endoscopic methods have produced good results in addressing hip pain and abduction weakness. There is a lack of literature regarding isolated gluteus minimus tendon tear as the cause of chronic lateral hip pain or GTPS. Here, we present a rare case of a middle-aged lady with GTPS due to isolated gluteus minimus injury.

Keywords: gluteus medius; gluteus minimus; greater trochanteric syndrome; hip joints; isolated tear.

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