Hip pain is a very common issue that affects people of all ages, with varying causes. Depending on the cause, pain can be felt around the hip joints, thigh, groin or buttocks. There are a number of issues and conditions that can result in hip pain, but some of the more common causes include arthritis, and weakness in the muscles and tendons that support the hip structure. This could come from extended periods of standing, walking or running.

Lateral hip pain refers to pain associated with the outside of the hip. Common structures that cause lateral hip pain include gluteal muscles, gluteal tendons and bursas (fluid filled sacs).

  • It commonly affects those over the age of 40
  • Women outnumber men by between 2.4 and 4 to 1

Common signs and symptoms include:

  • Difficulty with lying on affected side at night
  • Difficulty walking up and down stairs
  • Tenderness to touch on the outside of the hip

How Physiotherapy Can Help

A physiotherapist will perform a thorough assessment of the area to identify factors potentially contributing to the problem. Physiotherapy can assist in diagnosing and treating lateral hip pain. A physiotherapist will also ensure structures such as nerves and bones have been considered in the treatment pathway.

Common evidence based modalities used by physiotherapists include:

  • Lifestyle modification and load management advice
  • Specific exercise prescription
  • Manual therapy techniques
  • Taping techniques
  • Dry needling interventions
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