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Gluteal Tendinopathy – You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know

CF 254: Gluteal Tendinopathy – You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know Today we’re going to talk about Gluteal Tendinopathy – You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know But first, here’s that sweet sweet bumper music

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You have found yourself smack dab in the middle of Episode #254. Now if you missed last week’s episode, we talked about Spinal Cord Stimulators vs. Placebo & we talked about Low Back pain, Chiropractic, And Opioids. Make sure you don’t miss that info. Keep up with the class. 

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You may have heard me talk about it a time or two but I’m really impreessed with a contraption that we have in our office. When I bought mine it was only the third purchased in Texas. Texas is a big place, folks!  One had been sold to a research lab, one had been sold to a Physical Therapy outfit, and then mine. Definitely we’ve been ahead of the curve. When I have a car crash patient or a chronic pain patient, we can run the BESS test and the mCTSIB tests to test for concussion and proprioception.  Not just test proprioception but train it as well. Balance training, rehab training, movement evaluation, and excellent shoulder rehab as well. It’s called the ISO Free by Tecnobody and it’s cool and it makes me different from the rest of my colleagues by giving us capabilities nobody else has.  Check out these products and see what you think.

Go to https://www.tecnobody.com/en/products. Once you decide you have to have more information, email me at creekstonecare@gmail.com and I’ll hook you up with the people that can get you a deal on it.  This week I’m really starting to look forward to a little trip we’ve been planning for a while. Remember, you should take a solid trip about once per quarter. It’s the only way to preserve your sanity. You have to get out of your office and spend time on your loves or risk losing your mind completely.  Our trip this go around is part of Dr. Kevin Christie’s Florida Mastermind. We are all meeting in the Florida Keys. Key Largo to be specific. Which is the first Key south of the mainland.

Kevin picked this resort because my wife and I went there in February 2020. Just one month before the pandemic set in on the world.  People were just starting to think seriously about masks and all of that stuff back then. It was a blast and this resort called Playa Largo was the bees knees. Massages every day, drinks poured in cored pineapples on the beach at sunset, ,dining on the beach and being served funny umbrella drinks as you lounge in the hammock reading Stu McGill’s Back Mechanic book was amazing.  Check it out.

Just Google up Playa Largo and see what you find. It’ll make you consider Key Largo instead of Key West.  So that’s coming up November 11-13 or somewhere around there. We’re taking my daughter with us and I believe all other Mastermind members are bringing wife and kiddos so it should be a really special time of bonding, swapping ideas, and growth.  Speaking of growth, you’ve been hearing me fuss about being slow. We’re still slower than I want but it looks to be picking up a bit. Just in time to go to Key largo, right?

I have anxiety about it but I’m going and I’m not letting business worry me or stress me out. I have to compartmentalize that stuff and step away from it. Which I am. 

What do you have coming up that you’re looking forward to? I talked about the Tecnobody products earlier. Are you using anything new and cool? I’d love to hear about it and check it out. I love new gadgets that get patients better! Email me at dr.williams@chiropracticforward.com and tell me all about it.  Let’s hop into the research

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Let’s talk about Gluteal Tendinopathy, shall we. My friends at ChiroUp recently put out an awesome rundown of GT through their email list. Check the show notes for the link to their rundown on it at this poin in the show notes. https://chiroup.com/blog/what-is-the-most-common-cause-of-hip-pain After going through the Ortho Diplomate, GT has been on my radar and it’s amazing. Once you know to look for it, you’re going to find it EVERYWHERE!

Literally everywhere.

You just don’t know what you don’t know and I didn’t know before the Ortho Diplomate.  First, Why do people get it? They say it’s from excessive tension or compression of the area.  Secondly, what does it look like? GT is lateral hip pain and is tendinopathy of the glute medius or minimus. It hurts to walk but very tellingly, it hurts to lay on that side because of the compression but it also hurts to lay on the other side because we always stretch the leg over the other one so there is tension on the area. Pain on going up and down stairs for sure. One of our patients could barely get into and out of their RV and she was unhappy. 

Also, there is usually significant pain on palpation of the area. You can get their attention very quickly by poking around on it.  Current thinking is away from bursitis and more toward GT. If bursitis is present, it’s probably more a symptom of GT.  This thinking is fresh enough that I found myself in a pissing match with an ortho surgeon about whether it’s bursitis or it’s GT.

We’re always going to have less authority than the ortho in this case so, I told the patient what the research shows and said that ultimately, the terminology doesn’t matter because it will be treated the same. That worked out fine. Try to avoid pissing matches on GT because it’s just not widely known about right now.  Orthos are injecting corticosteroids into the hip joints of these GT patients and they’re stunned that it has no effectiveness. That’s because the problem isn’t in the joint. It’s in the connection on the posterior aspect of the greater trochanter.  How do we test for it and treat it?

  1. Hip Lag Sign
  2. FaberEx
  3. Palpation

What I do in my office is I use the Drop Release, which was invented by my friend, Dr. Chris Howson of the Great State of North Dakota, to beat it up just a little bit. I use regular SMT to make sure things are moving well. Then I recommend they do some cold laser on the insertion to work down some inflammation. We combine that with targeted rehab exercises from ChiroUp.  We have also combined my side with trigger point injections from our Nurse Practitioner.

It has been an awesome combination for us here at my clinic and we are helping these people get past GT a lot faster.  Recent research is showing, that PRP injections at the site show promise in helping chronic GT recover quickly as well. That’s exciting because we do PRP here at my clinic! I have the luxury of those not responding to the trigger points and my help to also try PRP now.  So, let’s cover that paper briefly before wrapping up for this week’s episode.  It’s called “The Effectiveness of Platelet-Rich Plasma Injections in Gluteal Tendinopathy: A Randomized, Double-Blind Controlled Trial Comparing a Single Platelet-Rich Plasma Injection With a Single Corticosteroid Injection” by Fitzpatrick et. al. (Fitzpatrick J 2018) and published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine and was published on January 2, 2018. 

Why They Did It

There would be no difference in the modified Harris Hip Score (mHHS) between a single platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection compared with a corticosteroid injection in the treatment of gluteal tendinopathy.

How They Did It

  • Randomized controlled trial;
  • There were 228 consecutive patients referred with gluteal tendinopathy who were screened to enroll 80 participants; 
  • Participants were randomized (1:1) to receive either a blinded glucocorticoid or PRP injection intratendinously under ultrasound guidance. 
  • A pain and functional assessment was performed using the mHHS questionnaire at 0, 2, 6, and 12 weeks and the patient acceptable symptom state (PASS) and minimal clinically important difference (MCID) at 12 weeks.
  • Participants had a mean age of 60 years, a ratio of female to male of 9:1, and mean duration of symptoms of >14 months.

What They Found

  • Pain and function showed no difference at 2 weeks or 6 weeks
  • The mean mHHS was significantly improved at 12 weeks in the PRP group compared with the corticosteroid group 

Wrap It Up

Patients with chronic gluteal tendinopathy for greater than 4 months, diagnosed with both clinical and radiological examinations, achieved greater clinical improvement at 12 weeks when treated with a single PRP injection than those treated with a single corticosteroid injection Alright, that’s it. Keep on keepin’ on. Keep changing our profession from your corner of the world. The world needs evidence-based, patient-centered practitioners driving the bus. The profession needs us in the ACA and involved in leadership of state associations. So quit griping about the profession if you’re doing nothing to make it better. Get active, get involved, and make it happen. Let’s get to the message. Same as it is every week. 

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Bibliography Fitzpatrick J, B. M., O’Donnell J, McCrory PR, Zheng MH, (2018). “The Effectiveness of Platelet-Rich Plasma Injections in Gluteal Tendinopathy: A Randomized, Double-Blind Controlled Trial Comparing a Single Platelet-Rich Plasma Injection With a Single Corticosteroid Injection.” Am J Sports Med 46(4): 9336-9939.