What is a hip abductor tear?
Hip abductor tears often occur due to a degenerative process and can be related to other conditions such as trochanteric bursitis (hip bursitis), iliotibial (IT) band syndrome, osteoarthritis, etc. Individuals that experience a hip abductor tear often encounter lower back pain, an abnormal gait, and pain in the buttocks. A hip abductor tear can also occur from blunt force trauma, such as a motor vehicle collision, a football tackle, or a fall directly on the hip. This results in the connecting tendon becoming partially or completely torn away from its attachment site on the femur in an area called the greater trochanter. The most common cause of a hip abductor tear is degeneration of the tendon with aging. Because of their anatomical location, the tendons attaching the gluteus medius and gluteus minimus muscles are the most susceptible to an injury or tear. Dr. Ronak Mukesh Patel, orthopedic hip specialist serving patients in Sugar Land, Pearland, and the Houston, Texas area, has the knowledge and understanding as well as substantial experience in treating patients who have experienced a hip abductor tear.
A blunt force trauma, such as a fall directly on the hip, can result in the partial or complete detachment of the connecting tendons from their attachment site on the femur (thigh bone) in an area called the greater trochanter. The most common cause of a hip abductor tear is degeneration of the tendon with aging. Patients often experience or have been diagnosed with trochanteric bursitis or hip bursitis. Patients with a confirmed hip abductor tear often experience pain in the side of the hip, buttocks, an abnormal gait, and lower back pain.