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Bursitis/Lateral Hip Pain

HipPain 1Lateral hip pain is felt on the outside of the hip. It often develops as a result of degenerative changes or a tear in the buttock/gluteal muscles.

The fluid filled sack that stops the tendon from rubbing against bone is called a bursa, and this can become inflamed. This is known as bursitis.


  • Weakness of the gluteal muscles
  • Poor standing posture
  • Poor control through the foot or knee (rolling in), leading to strain of the gluteal muscles


  • Pain at night causing an inability to lie on affected side
  • Pain with walking or other weight bearing activities

Here at Advantage Healthcare and Physiotherapy we can help to reduce the pain and inflammation in your hip by using modalities such as massage, acupuncture, electrotherapy and taping. We also help to correct the underlying cause of pain by strengthening the affected muscles and correcting other contributing factors such as posture, core muscle weakness and poor foot mechanics.

Things to avoid include sitting with your legs crossed, and lying on the affected side. You may find it beneficial to sleep on your unaffected side with a pillow between your knees.

Hip Impingement/Anterior Hip pain/Labral tear

Pain at the front of the hip can be a result of many factors. It may be a result of pinching the tendons between the thighbone and hip socket. It can affect all ages as the result of injury to the hip, muscle imbalances and postural changes due to low back or pelvic pain.

Structures Involved can be:

  • Joint (Cam or Pincer lesion causing Femero acetabular impingement)
  • Cartilage (Labral tear or articular cartilage damage)
  • Soft Tissue (Muscle strain, capsule/ligament sprain, Iliopsoas bursitis)


  • Pain with walking, climbing stairs, sitting, driving, bending, crossing the legs
  • May be sharp or dull, and you may notice a clicking or catching sensation

Accurate diagnosis is important to enable the best possible management of your symptoms. Your doctor may refer you for an x-ray or MRI and to see a surgeon or a physiotherapist depending on the scan results and mechanism of injury.

Your Advantage Healthcare and Physiotherapy physiotherapist will work with you to alleviate your pain and correct any postural dysfunction, muscular imbalances or joint stiffness that is contributing to your problem.

They will advise you on activities to avoid and prescribe exercises to help make you stronger and move better.

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