Faculty Sponsor: Naila Mamoon
A common source of hip pain and impairment in adults is a disruption of the gluteus medius and minimus tendon complex that leads to dysfunction. Certain parallels have been identified between this hip abductor dysfunction and rotator cuff disorders of the shoulder. Just as in rotator cuff dysfunction, it is likely that morphologic features of the pelvis contribute to abnormal mechanics that can cause injury. The aim of this study is to identify which morphologic variant(s) of pelvic anatomy are associated with gluteal tears. Using a cohort of 72 patients who have previously had surgery to repair a gluteal tear, nine measurements were made radiographically to determine a correlation between the anatomy and the pathology. This study is incomplete, however, as the findings for these measurements must be compared to a data set of normal, healthy patients from a similar demographic.