A strained gluteal muscle is a partial or complete tear of the small fibers of the gluteal muscles. The gluteal muscles are a group of three muscles in the buttocks.

Gluteal strain is not a common sports injury. Treatment depends on the severity of the strain.

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A gluteal strain can be caused by:

  • Stretching the gluteal muscles beyond the amount of tension that they can withstand
  • Suddenly putting stress on the gluteal muscles when they are not ready for the stress
  • Using the gluteal muscles too much on a certain day
  • A direct blow to the gluteal muscles