Why your glutes can be your best friend and your worst enemy

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Almost every day I speak to at least one patient about using their glutes correctly! Lets get this clear, I am not an expert on how to achieve the J-Lo derriere or balance a champagne glass on your rear end #breaktheinternet - what I do know is how important these muscles are at keeping your pelvis stable and how often they are implicated in lower limb injuries such as

  • hip pain

  • lower back pain

  • medial knee pain

  • recurring ankle sprains

  • shin splints

  • hip bursitis

  • hip and knee osteoarthritis

But I do squats! How can my glutes be weak?!


In this blog post I'm homing in on the function of, in my opinion, the most important glute muscle - gluteus medius. This is not the big buttock muscle that many of us spend hours tirelessly trying to tone! This is one of the smaller glutes, just below that muffin top area of our waist.

The gluteus medius has a very important function of ABducting the hip e.g. if you lie on your side and lift your upper leg up away from your lower leg.