What causes the hip pain?
Pain over the lateral hip is estimated to affect 10-25% of the general population and the trochanteric bursa is commonly blamed for the pain. However, it is more likely to be generated from tendons of the muscles on the outside of the hip – the hip abductors. These muscles and tendons can suffer from “wear and tear” and can become sore and sometimes inflame the adjacent bursa (fat pad). These tendons can become painful because of direct trauma or due to other factors including poor lower limb biomechanics, osteoarthritis of the hip or knee joint, lumbar spine degeneration, or lumbopelvic instability. It is important that any other problems that may have caused this hip pain also be addressed, not only to reduce your pain but also to prevent it coming back. Not treating this problem can cause further damage to the hips, knees and lower back, and it is important this problem be treated appropriately.
What can I do to help ease the pain?