Gluteal tendinopathy, also known as hip abductor tendinopathy, is a common condition that affects the tendons surrounding the hip joint. It often causes discomfort and limits mobility, impacting daily activities and overall quality of life. In this article, we will explore the symptoms of gluteal tendinopathy and discuss various treatment options, including physiotherapy, PRP injection, and surgical repair.

Symptoms of Gluteal Tendinopathy:

Gluteal tendinopathy primarily affects the tendons that attach the gluteus medius and gluteus minimus muscles to the hip bone. The condition typically manifests with the following symptoms:

  • Hip pain: Persistent pain on the outside of the hip or buttocks, especially during weight-bearing activities such as walking, climbing stairs, or standing for extended periods.
  • Tenderness: The affected area may be tender to the touch, indicating inflammation and irritation in the tendons.
  • Stiffness: Individuals may experience stiffness in the hip, leading to reduced range of motion and difficulty performing certain movements.
  • Weakness: Weakened hip abductor muscles can result in difficulty maintaining balance and stability.

Treatment Options

  • Physiotherapy:

Physiotherapy is often the first-line treatment for gluteal tendinopathy. A skilled physiotherapist will develop a personalized exercise program to strengthen the hip muscles, improve flexibility, and address biomechanical issues. Specific exercises may include hip abductor strengthening, core stabilization, and stretches to relieve tension in the affected area.

  • Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Injection:

PRP therapy has gained popularity as a regenerative treatment option for gluteal tendinopathy. During the procedure, a sample of the patient’s blood is taken and processed to concentrate platelets and growth factors. The PRP is then injected into the affected tendon, promoting tissue healing and reducing inflammation.

  • Surgical Repair:

In severe cases of gluteal tendinopathy, where conservative treatments have not provided sufficient relief, surgical intervention may be considered. The procedure involves removing damaged tissue and repairing the affected tendons to restore function and alleviate pain. However, surgery is usually a last resort when other treatments have proven ineffective.


Gluteal tendinopathy, or hip abductor tendinopathy, can significantly impact an individual’s daily life due to pain and limited mobility. Early diagnosis and appropriate treatment are essential to manage the condition effectively. Physiotherapy is often the initial approach, helping patients regain strength and flexibility. For those requiring more advanced interventions, PRP injections offer a regenerative solution. In rare cases, surgical repair may be necessary to provide lasting relief. If you suspect gluteal tendinopathy, consult with a qualified healthcare professional to determine the most suitable treatment plan for your specific needs.

If you or someone you know has suffered an injury or is experiencing pain in their hand or wrist and would like a consultant-led review, please contact us. Grosvenor Orthopaedics have extensive experience in the treatment of this condition with excellent patient outcomes.


Grosvenor Orthopaedics have extensive experience in the treatment of hip -related injuries with excellent patient outcomes.


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our hip SURGEONS

Hip care at Grosvenor Orthopaedics is led by Mr Simon Newman, Mr Chethan Jayaden, Mr Emeka Oragui and Mr Mark Webb. They are further supported by the orthopaedic team including other consultant surgeons, nurses and care staff. We perform over 300 hip replacements each year but offer a broad range of hip treatments to patients both young and old.

Our team are well placed to manage and treat a diverse range of hip problems utilising cutting edge diagnostic technology and treatment approaches, both surgical and conservative. Below is an overview of some of the conditions we treat but for a more thorough understanding please contact our team here


Consultant Orthopaedic Hip Surgeon

BSc(Hons) BM PhD FRCS(Tr&Orth)
Simon is a Consultant Hip Surgeon practising at the world-renowned Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, London; The Lister Hospital, Chelsea and King Edward VIIs Hospital, Marylebone. He has a particular interest in the hip joint and has developed a large practice treating hip problems in adults of all ages. His philosophy is to achieve the best possible outcomes for patients which involves engaging patients in the decision-making process about their treatment and utilising non-operative techniques, where possible. Should surgery be required, Simon performs any procedure with care, planning and precision.


Consultant Orthopaedic Hip Surgeon

MA (Cantab), MBBS, MBA, FRCS (Tr & Orth)
meka is a Consultant Orthopaedic Hip Surgeon practising at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. His practice includes all aspects of hip surgery including hip replacements, hip redo or revision surgery, hip arthroscopy and sports injuries around the hip including sports man’s hernia (Gilmore’s Groin) and adductor longus tears and tendinitis. He uses the muscle sparing direct anterior approach for hip replacements which allows some patients a faster recovery.


Consultant Orthopaedic Hip Surgeon

MBBS MSc FRCS (Tr & Orth)
Mark is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon with a passion for sports related injuries. He strives to not only provide excellent surgical treatments but also rounded, bespoke care that allows his patients to get back to the activities they love. This is evident in his specialist training which includes a Master’s degree in Sports Medicine from University College London to help him when treating all levels of athletes. Alongside surgical treatments, Mr. Webb offers non-operative (conservative) options including using orthobiologics, such as PRP and stem cells, to treat the symptoms of early arthritis, as well as tendon injuries. Treatment plans are tailored to the patient’s requirements and expectations using the best evidence available

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