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Tear in Gluteus Maximus


Dear TAI Experts:

I pulled something in my Gluteus Maximus area… small tear in tendons or muscle, while I was playing football. I am a 15 yr. old guy. My doctor told me to just wait for it to heal in about a month and didn’t ask to see me. It’s now been almost a month and it’s still hurting some. I can’t sprint at all but I can jog. I’m about to start training football again in May and need to know if there are exercises I can do to speed up the healing process. Thank you. Or any physical therapy things I could do at home?


There are things that can be done to speed up the process as well as exercises, stretches, and hands-on techniques that will assure proper healing. Most strains heal on their own, but an actual tear usually benefits from some outside help. Physical Therapists are set up well to help with these issues. Unfortunately I’m pretty limited in what I can give without actually doing an examination. On your own I’d recommend that you warm it up with gentle activity, stretch the injured area and ice for 20 minutes after activity. A physical therapist may also choose to use directed exercise, stretching, modalities such as ultrasound, and a hands-on soft tissue technique called ASTYM ( to help the involved (as well as surrounding) tissue heal and function properly after injury.

David Deppeler, PT, OCS, COMT, FAAOMPT

Tear in Gluteus Maximus


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