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Gluteal amnesia

indysteel2010-12-12 15:36:38 +0000 #1
I was evaluated by a PT yesterday to address what has largely presented as hip/low back/groin pain over the better part of this year. Several things were immediately apparent: First, my range of movement with respect to internal rotation of my right leg is very limited. Second, I have some SI Joint irritation and, third, I have "gluteal amnesia." It's more pronounced on my left side, but it's an issue on the right side as well.

This latter issue was something I'd never heard of. Has anybody else had to deal with it?

I have a series of exercises I have to do on a daily basis. I'm also supposed to see him a couple times a week for the time being. I'm sure hoping that, assuming I'm a good and compliant patient, that it helps. I haven't yet received the results of my x-rays yet, but the PT didn't think it was arthritis.
tulip2010-12-12 15:41:02 +0000 #2
"Gluteal amnesia" sounds like when you forget about your butt!

I'm glad you are seeing a professional about this. I've been dealing with something similar, but it's gotten much better with regular Pilates and yoga. It's not something that I feel I need to see a medical professional about anymore. I used go to a PT (who is also a chiropractor) about it, and that helped.

Wishing you long-term (and quick) relief!
indysteel2010-12-12 15:43:32 +0000 #3
Thanks, Tulip. I need to talk to my PT about how best to round out my fitness routine. My sense is that I need to add some pilates or conditioning into the mix--in addition to yoga and cycling. Pilates has never appealed to me in the same way as yoga, but my butt needs a targeted workout apparently.
tulip2010-12-12 16:36:53 +0000 #4
Pilates has helped me in so many ways. My PT recommended it very strongly. I was fortunate to live near a wonderful classical Pilates (and Pilates-only) studio when I started, and worked with them for two years before I moved. Now I continue with what I learned there on my own doing the mat series. Someday I would like to become a Pilates instructor so that I can help people like I was helped. But for now, I continue doing the mat series every other day. The full Pilates studios in my new city are not convenient to where I live.

I think if you get a good classical mat course, you will really notice a difference. Be sure that the teacher understands any modifications that you might need because of your injury. It's different than yoga, but I find them to be useful for different aspects of my fitness.

I'd be interested in what your PT suggests.

(I've also heard jokes about "Pilates butt," but it's true. Nothing wrong with having a nice, and pain-free, backside).
indysteel2010-12-12 16:55:23 +0000 #5
Thankfully, my yoga studio also has some very good Pilates instructors. I'll talk to them and see what class they most recommend. It's more a question of how to best fit it into my schedule.
KnottedYet2010-12-12 17:44:26 +0000 #6
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Originally Posted by indysteel

and, third, I have "gluteal amnesia." It's more pronounced on my left side, but it's an issue on the right side as well.

This latter issue was something I'd never heard of. Has anybody else had to deal with it?

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We call it "dumb butt syndrome." "Gluteal amnesia" is a cute phrase for it, I'll have to toss that around.
indysteel2010-12-12 18:15:57 +0000 #7
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Originally Posted by KnottedYet

We call it "dumb butt syndrome." "Gluteal amnesia" is a cute phrase for it, I'll have to toss that around.

Dumb butt syndrome is certainly descriptive. I certainly felt dumb yesterday when I realized how little strength I had in my glutes.
Biciclista2010-12-12 16:32:19 +0000 #8
so what does it actually mean, Gluteal Amnesia?? is it muscles failing to engage? or???

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