Traditionally, pain on the outside of the hip was always attributed to a gluteal/trochanteric bursitis. More recently, literature has found that only around 20% of people with lateral hip pain have a bursitis. More commonly, the pain can be caused by a tendinopathy of the gluteus Medius or Minimus. This pain on the outside of your hip can be quite debilitating, especially if it begins to negatively affect your everyday activities and sleep.
What causes Gluteal Tendinopathy?
Most commonly occurring in active populations, such as joggers, runners, and hikers. Despite commonly affecting younger active people, it can also affect older populations due to de-training of the gluteal muscles. Another common way someone may develop gluteal tendinopathy can be by falling on the side of their hip.
How gluteal tendinopathy may present
How Osteopathy could help you
If you have a combination of the symptoms or have been diagnosed with gluteal tendinopathy, osteopathy might be the right choice for you. An Osteopath can help to address the root cause of why the tendinopathy occurred in the first place. This may include giving exercises to help strengthen up your gluteal muscles and tendons or addressing any muscle imbalances that could have contributed to the development of the pain.
Come see one of the knowledgeable staff at Fine Tune Osteopathy to see if your lateral hip pain may be due to a gluteal tendinopathy.