The gluteus minimus is, as its name implies, the smallest of the gluteal muscles and is therefore part of the muscles of your buttocks.
Like all the other muscles featured on this site, it can get overloaded, tense and develop trigger points.
As a result, your buttocks will hurt. Often there is also a sciatica, i.e. pain going down the leg of the affected side. A problem that troubles a lot of people.
Do you know that you can control this pain yourself? Provided that the pain stems from the gluteus.
On this page you will learn everything you need to know in order to free this muscle of pain and trigger points.
If the gluteus minimus is tense, it is sensitive to pressure and locally painful. That means if you push into the muscle, it’ll hurt right there.
However, if the muscle carries trigger points , the pain might radiate to other areas. In this case to the leg of the affected side. The pain zones differ depending on where the trigger points are situated.
Here we distinguish between trigger points in the front and rear portion of the muscle.
Trigger points in the front portion of the muscle can send pain from the back of your buttock to the lateral side of your thigh, and all the way down to your ankle.
In very rare cases, the pain can even radiate into your foot (not shown in the picture!).
Trigger points in the rear portion, on the other hand, lead to a different pain distribution. They cause pain below the iliac crest and at the back of the buttock.
Moreover, these points can lead to pain in the back of the thigh, the outer hollow of the knee and the upper half of the calf.
The tensions and trigger points described above often cause the affected person to feel pain at night when lying on the side, because of the body weight put on the muscle.
In addition, many affected persons complain of pain after having been in a sitting position for a long period of time. Standing up, and even walking can be unbearably painful.
You may not be able to find a pain-free position, which can be very stressful. Especially if you do not know that the gluteus minimus may be the cause of the pain.
The pain described can also be caused by an inflamed bursa on the outside of the thigh – bursitis trochanterica – or by a pinched nerve – radiculopathy – e.g. a spinal disc herniation.
In this case, it is recommended to consult an orthopaedist!