Gluteus Medius Tears
The gluteus medius muscle originates on the outer surface of the ilium and inserts on the greater trochanter of the femur. (illustration here)
Its main action is to abduction (moving the leg away from the center of the body). It is also an important stabilizer of the hip during walking or running.
Signs and Symptoms
- Lateral hip pain
- Weakness and limping
What causes external snapping hip syndrome?
- Actue injury (e.g. falling)
Surgical Treatment: Hip Arthroscopy
- The tendon is mobilized and the area of insertion on the bone lightly debrided (cleaned) (video stream)
- Suture anchors are placed in this area of the bone
- Sutures are passed through the tendon and tied securely