275 Madison E 40th St.

Contact: 212-986-3888

275 Madison E 40th St.

Contact: 212-986-3888

The gluteal muscles – the buttocks – provide 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

Gluteal Muscle Weakness

Don’t neglect your gluteal muscles in your daily exercise routine. Add strength to these three every day:

  • 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 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.

Guide to Pain Relief

Please click the icon below to download Dr. Brian Kessler’s complimentary eBook – Guide to Pain Relief – or call 212.986.3888 to schedule a consultation.

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