Hip Tendonitis Treatment

Pain on the side of your hip can be from gluteal tendonitis. There are other clinical names that describe the same problem, which is caused by damage to the lateral hip tendons.

Symptoms of Hip Tendonitis

The pain is mostly around the side of the hips but can exist over the buttocks too. It is often quite dull and aching pain, but if someone prods around over the hip they can usually find exquisitely painful areas to press. The pain can refer into the groin or down into the side of the leg as far as the knee and sometimes beyond. One of the most common things people suffer is discomfort sleeping and ache in the hip or stiffness upon rising.

Causes

Hip tendonitis is an overuse injury to the tendons of the hip that are active when we walk, stand and transfer weight from one leg to another. Gradual wear and tear can lead to this, but the problem is often precipitated by a big exercise such as a long walk or a holiday with a lot of walking.

Risk Factors

The condition is more common in women, especially around menopause – as oestrogen seems to have a protective effect on tendons. Some biomechanical factors may cause an increased risk, such as differences in the length of the patient’s legs. It’s more common in people with arthritis in their hip or back.

Hip Tendonitis and Osteopathy

An Osteopath will be able to diagnose the hip problem using a sequence of clinical tests. Then we will use a combination of hands on treatment and graded exercises to build up the strength of the affected muscles.

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