Ruptures in the tendon by my hip joint and gluteus maximus

I was hoping that someone could help or recommend some treatment for me. I have always been into fitness, but last summer I was training for a marathon, so running 3 to 4 times a week, plus going to the gym. I was running up a mountain (after a 8km flat) when the area by my left hip joint started to hurt. I had to stop running up hill, but had to hobble the 8km home. The pain was really bad, but the only form of treatment I used was pain killers. I completely rested for about 2 months, but the pain still didn’t go away, so I went to an osteopath several times but she didn’t help, I then went to a chiropractor about 8 times, but again no help. I tried putting ice packs on it and took anti-inflammatory tablets.


I then went to see a hip ‘specialist’ who recommended an MRI. The MRI showed up a cyst in my hip (the groin), so this ‘specialist’ felt that this was causing the pain and recommended that I have surgery. I found a hip surgeon and he examined me and the MRI and said that there’s no way that a cyst in the groin would cause pain at the side of my leg. He sent me for an ultrasound which showed multiple erosions in the tendon at the side of my leg (by the hip joint) and by my gluteus maximus muscle. He recommended PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) injections, which when I read about it, it sounded great and was something that sports stars have (however I started the first one, nine months after my injury), but after 3 injections with 4 weeks in-between, there has been no improvement.


It has now been 15 months since I injured myself and if anything the pain is worse. I am now with a doctor who is trying acupuncture and I am also having deep tissue messages to the inner thigh muscle to strengthen my muscles. I regularly stretch and have done everything recommended to me by these doctors by the book – but nothing!!! I believe that I have now been diagnosed properly, but no treatment seems to be working, for which should be a minor injury. If anyone has been through similar or can recommend anything, I’d appreciate it!!


  • have you seen a physio? sounds like you have had all the right treatment, but need the rehab. A physio should be able to sort you out

  • Swing it on it's head.

    Don't stretch - it will make you feel better, but'll never cure you. Don't try to get stronger - get more stable and learn to control your strength. Don't be tempted to poke or massge it - it needs to heal and regenerate and finally get your back and pelvis looked, by someone who can rather than the masses than can't!

    You're not a dead duck!


  • Thanks for your responses. My friend is a sports masseuse and has been concentrating on strengthening the inner thigh muscle and crotch area, trying to inturn help to strengthen the muscle at the side of my leg by my hip joint and the gluteus maximus. Six Physio you mention trying to get stable, can you recommend anything to do this? I have rested for several months inbetween trying different options and rest has not worked.

  • Attached link has some useful points.

    Not as minor as you think - tendon injuries can take ages to heal and are easily aggravated. When I had this, physio focus was on rebuilding glute strength on my left side (huge difference was apparent post the injury between left and right glute muscles).


  • 15 months and no better! image   Another way to look at it - Has anyone looked at your opposite hip?  Chronic tension/tightness on one side (which is often painless) can lead to a cycle of compensation and acute overload on the other side (the painful side).  At the very least it could be slowing down healing on that side by creating pelvic instability.  Make sure all non-painful side hip muscles are flexible, including hip flexors...  Your core muscles need to be strong, have you tried Pilates type exercises?

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