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Lateral Hip Pain

Author- Daniel Rothenberg – Sports Chiropractor and Master’s Exercise Science (2019). West End Sports Chiropractic



What is it?

  •          Lateral hip pain or outside of the hip pain is very common and often found in runners and women over the age of 40.
  •          Pain is often provoked when laying on the affected side at night time as well as when standing in single leg positions (walking, stairs, standing on 1 leg to dress)
  •          The pain can be associated with a referral down the front and/or the outside of the leg.
  •          There are many muscles that attach onto the outside of the hip, these muscles overlap each other as well as local bursa (fluid filled sacs that reduce muscle friction over other                    tissue) causing compression of these structures.



  •          The dysfunction of the muscles and joints causes a compression at the outside of the hip bone causing pain.
  •          There may be associated micro tears of the muscles in this area and if left unseen to could progress into a tendinopathy.
  •          Several factors can contribute to outside of the hip pain: 

    1.    The function and strength of the hip muscles (in particular when standing on 1 leg)
    2.    The shape and angle of the hip and thigh bones
    3.    Ligamentous integrity
    4.    Limitations to the hip joint itself.        


  •          Once your Chiropractor has established the cause and contributing factors for your hip pain a treatment and rehabilitation program will be made to deload the tissues as quickly as possible.
  •          These conditions can take time to recover and for long term improvement it is vital that the treatment and rehabilitation is adhered to.