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The gluteal muscles are the muscles in the buttocks region. When a muscle is stretched or torn a muscle strain occurs.

Symptoms of Gluteal muscle strain

The gluteal muscle strain often occurs in runners and dancers. There will be pain in the buttocks region that often increases when going up and down stairs, when sitting down and when the leg is moved backwards.

Diagnosis and treatment

Your physiotherapist will be able to diagnose and treat this condition. Initially treatment may involve electrotherapeutic modalities, rest from aggravating activities, and gentle soft tissue techniques. As the inflammation settles treatment can become more vigorous. Your therapist would now use deep massage techniques as well as stretching and progressive strengthening exercises. Your physiotherapist would also assess and treat any other predisposing factors (e.g. weakness or tightness of other muscle groups, poor lower limb biomechanics).