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Lateral hip pain associated with gluteal tendinopathy is a prevalent condition, particularly in post-menopausal women. It is associated with substantial impacts on sleep and weightbearing function with quality-of-life similar to that of end stage hip osteoarthritis. Diagnosis is often delayed, and first line management usually involves corticosteroid injection with little or no active intervention. A substantial body of evidence is now available that has elucidated likely pathoaetiology, diagnostic utility of clinical tests, and reported kinematic variations and impairments of the abductor musculotendinous complex in this population. Early recognition of the condition through appropriate differential diagnosis and diagnostic tests, when followed quickly with an active, evidence-based intervention is likely to optimise outcomes. High-quality randomised clinical trial evidence has established that a specific load management education and exercise approach is highly effective and superior to corticosteroid injection or wait-and-see in both the short and long term.

Meet our Presenter

Alison Grimaldi BPhty, MPhty(Sports), PhD Dr. Grimaldi is an Australian Sports Physiotherapist and the practice principal of Physiotec Physiotherapy in Brisbane, with 30 years of clinical experience and a special interest in the management of hip, groin and pelvic pain. She has a Bachelor of Physiotherapy, Masters of Sports Physiotherapy and a PhD through the University of Queensland, Australia. Alison continues her research interests as an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the University of Queensland. She has contributed to three leading clinical texts, conducted over 100 clinical workshops and presented over 50 keynote, invited or podium conference presentations. She also runs a Hip Academy with online learning and mentorship at this link

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