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Gluteal Muscle Weakness

Gluteal Muscle Weakness  

The gluteal muscles – the buttocks – provide stabilization for stabilization for the hip and sustain proper leg alignment. Many people neglect their gluteal muscles due to today’s high technology-induced sedentary lifestyle relegating most to a sitting position. Without proper activation of the gluteal muscles, the body’s performance is greatly reduced:

  • Poor gait
  • Improper posture
  • Instability
  • Reduced coordination skills

Don’t neglect your gluteal muscles in your daily exercise routine – strengthen these three:

  • Gluteus Maximus
  • Gluteus Medius
  • Gluteus Minimus

These three gluteal muscles provide stabilization for the hip and sustain proper leg alignment. The gluteus maximus is the largest and strongest muscle in the body controlling the hip joint.

Hip joint functions controlled by the gluteus maximus include:

  • Extension
  • Abduction
  • External rotation
  • Internal rotation

When strength training does not target the gluteal muscle weakness – the body over compensates in other areas – resulting in:

  • Low Back Pain
  • Hip Pain
  • Low Body Misalignment
  • Knee Pain
  • ACL Sprains
  • Hamstring Strains
  • Ankle Sprains

Sports Medicine physical therapy at Spine and Sports Medicine targets and strengthens gluteal muscle weakness to correct the root cause of your injury. Most importantly, all physical therapy programs are designed to educate and train the patient on how to prevent recurrent injuries caused by gluteal muscle weakness.

The Multidisciplinary Team at Spine and Sports Medicine work in concert with each patient to ensure that pain caused by gluteal muscle weakness is corrected immediately and will not worsen.

In-depth evaluation for suspected gluteal muscle weakness:

  • Medical history
  • Body mass index (BMI)
  • Sporting activity history
  • Physical exercise history
  • Work activity history
  • Physical examination

Individualized physical therapy treatment plan for gluteal muscle weakness:

  • Specific exercise routines for the patient’s individual needs
  • Re-activate the gluteal muscles through specialized exercises
  • Increase strength of the gluteal muscles
  • Increase performance of the gluteal muscles
  • Increasing flexibility
  • Enhancing mobility
  • Strengthening the structures surrounding the gluteal muscles

Gluteal Muscle Strengthening Exercises

Dr. Brian Kessler – Medical Director of Spine and Sports Medicine – recommends exercises working and/or stretching the buttocks to correct gluteal muscle weakness. The following sports involve external hip rotation and hip extension movements.

  • Bicycling
  • Rowing
  • Fencing
  • Arabesque
  • Aerobics
  • Squats
  • Lunges
  • Hip Thrusts

Weight Training – for example squat, deadlift, leg press – are proven to significantly strengthen the gluteal muscles.

Medical Insurance Coverage for Pain Caused by Gluteal Muscle Weakness

There is no requirement for you to obtain an outside primary physician referral to determine if your physical therapy treatment will be covered by insurance at Spine and Sports Medicine. Most insurance plans cover muscle conditions. Our insurance experts will help you to determine your coverage and assist in processing your claims.

Discover Physical Therapy Treatment for Gluteal Muscle Weakness in One Convenient Location

Don’t delay seeking treatment for your pain and discomfort that may be caused by gluteal muscle weakness. Reach out to the Multidisciplinary Team of Physical Therapy Experts at Spine and Sports Medicine by clicking below or calling 212.986.3888. Remember – delaying treatment will only worsen your condition and increase your pain. Discover pain relief through the benefits of a multidisciplinary therapeutic practice in one convenient Midtown Manhattan location – at Madison Avenue and 40th Street.

Schedule an appointment today.