If you have your leg planted, the piriformis turns the body in the opposite direction, a movement that tennis players do repeatedly thousands of times. An overused and tight piriformis muscle causes a lot of misery and pain in your sacrum, glutes and hips. It will twist your sacrum a little bit, causing a short-leg syndrome that adds to the problem.
Gluteus Medius Syndrome is often misdiagnosed as Sciatica, Ischial Bursitis and Hamstring sprain/strain otherwise known as hamstring tendonitis or tendonosis. There are some obvious signs and symptoms that can help accurately diagnose Gluteus Medius Syndrome while differentiating it from the others.
This muscle plays a critical role in sports where lateral and medial movements are continuous, such as tennis. Neglecting muscle imbalances in the lower body, like the one highlighted in this blog, is one of the main causes of injuries to the hips and ankles, but especially the knees. When it comes to a sore IT Band, remember, no foam rolling!
It’s a common muscle to strain or injury because you use it constantly in athletic activities. Anytime you run for any length of time, or do any kind of quick sprint from a slow or standing position, or jump, or do nearly anything else with your legs that’s strenuous, a glute strain is going to be possible.
The stiffness may even keep players from moving in certain directions. For example, tennis hip is a common hip injury that makes side to side motions more difficult for patients. Similar conditions that affect the hip are tendonitis and snapping hip. These injuries are mainly due to the overuse of the hip muscles.
It is not because the muscle is being released but because the pressure begins to cut of the neurovascular supply to the sciatic nerve. This is the same idea as sitting on a tennis ball (which always makes me cringe!) to “release” the muscle. Shutting off blood flow to the sciatic nerve is not the treatment answer.
A tear to the gluteus medius can be the result of a fall that causes your hip muscle to be pulled outside your normal range of motion, causing a tear in the muscle. The tear can be the result of a sports injury.
Roll the ball slowly up the inner part of the hamstrings, stopping to hold for 20-30 seconds when you find a trigger point. Once you get to the top of the thigh, roll the ball towards the outer part of the hamstrings. Roll back down towards the knee, stopping to hold when you feel a knot. Switch sides.