Other health factors that might increase risks of gluteal tendinopathy
Other factors influencing your gluteal tendinopathy can include a change in general health, medications, weight or hormones. This problem is much more common in women, particularly after or around the time of menopause. It is thought that oestrogen has some protective effect on tendons, that is reduced after menopause.2 A common story we hear from our patients, is that the pain started with a combination of:
- hormonal change during menopause,
- weight gain during this time and
- a sudden increase in activity levels to help control weight gain.
Obesity and diabetes can increase the risk of developing gluteal tendinopathy. Carrying excess weight can place higher physical loads on the gluteal tendons when walking or standing on one leg.3 Fat cells also release small inflammatory proteins that circulate in the blood.
High blood glucose levels associated with diabetes can also contribute to systemic inflammation and reduce health and regenerative capacity of tendons.4
Some medications can also affect tendon health - certain types of antibiotics and statins - used for reducing cholesterol. If your hip pain has come on after starting a new medication, check with your general medical practitioner if that medication could affect your tendons.
Part of a comprehensive program for managing gluteal tendinopathy and hip bursitis includes working towards improving your general health.
You can find much more information to help fix your gluteal tendinopathy and trochanteric bursitis (GTPS), in our self-help gluteal tendinopathy and trochanteric bursitis course - the sooner, the better - get started today!