I am Mike’s neglected gluteus medius. I hang out posterolaterally between the ilium and greater trochanter. I am the root of many evils. ITB syndrome, yup, patella femoral syndrome, yup, TFL tendonitis, yup, falls in the elderly, yup; I have a part in all of these.
I can cause so many problems, because I am supposed to be doing so many things, the most basic of which is abduction of the femur. When Mike stands on one leg, I also prevent him from falling over which is essentially abduction again, but the reverse muscle action. Also, depending on the position of Mike’s hip I am either an external rotator (when in flexion) and an internal rotator (when in extension).
My involvement in ITBS , PFPS, and falls in the elderly is known, but still I am neglected. A couple times a week Mike will head out and run a few miles, maybe ride his bike to the gym, but when does he ever do lateral movements? When is it going to be my time to shine. He has to know that his anterior knee pain is directly related to me being weak. Would it kill Mike to do some slide boarding, single leg squats, or side planks? Probably. For some reason Mike is not the only one with this problem. Many of my brethren in the elderly and in teenage girls also suffer from neglect.
I am Mike’s gluteus medius and I am here to spread the word. I will not be neglected any more.