For over 2 years I have been having great difficulty ambulating due to squeezing pain at my right hip area that radiated into my thigh. I had L4/5 fusion due to spondylolisthesis that they felt would relieve this pain as well. Recently I had the hardware removed. Back feels better, but still not able to walk without hip and leg pain. I persisted on getting an answer. An MRI of my hip shows a torn right gluteus medius (buttock) muscle due to chronic hip bursitis.
I wish to share with all of you an excerpt from an article in the Iowa Orthopaedic Journal:
A 67-year-old woman with chronic lumbosacral and hip symptoms involving gluteus medius tendon rupture and strain injury is presented here. We report her work-up and management. Although this is an uncommonly reported pathology, many patients with back, buttock and leg pain see physicians who often focus on lumbar spinal stenosis, lumbar radiculopathy or hip/knee osteoarthritis. Careful physical examination guided us to this patient's diagnosis.
So if anyone here has similar symptoms as well as chronic hip bursitis, please ask your doctor to investigate whether or not it is this muscle that is torn. I will soon be having surgical repair. There is a high incidence of excellent relief of pain.