This condition affects the muscles and tendons on the outside of your hip.
It is also commonly referred to as ‘trochanteric bursitis’, ‘lateral hip pain’ or ‘gluteal tendinopathy’.
What causes it?
There is often not a single cause or event. It is often associated with a change in activity such as increasing walking, starting a new hobby or decreasing activity levels. It can be a combination of small changes over time.
Other factors that contribute include:
prolonged time standing
having a wider pelvis
muscle tightness or weakness around the hip.
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms can vary but it’s typical to have one or more of the following:
aching around the outside of your hip and upper leg
pain when lying on your side
pain going uphill or upstairs
pain when crossing your legs
pain when standing on one leg
pain when rising from a chair and on the first few steps after rest.
Speak to your GP or pharmacist for advice on pain relief.
What can you do to help?
There are a number of things you can do to help ease symptoms.
Place your feet wider apart when going upstairs.
Sleep on your back or on your non-painful side with a pillow between your knees.
Avoid things that aggravate the pain, such as:
sitting with crossed legs
lying on your painful side
sitting in low chairs
standing with weight shifted to one hip (called hanging on the hip, see picture, left).
The main treatment is a combination of reducing activities that make it worse, and gradual strengthening exercises.
Complete the following exercises every day. Start with the lower number of repetitions and gradually increase as they become easier. It is OK for there to be some discomfort when completing the exercises. Usually symptoms will improve within 3 to 6 months.
Push out against a belt around the knees
Lay on your back with a belt around your knees and your legs hip width apart.
Push both legs out against the belt.
Hold for 15 seconds.
Repeat this 5 to 10 times, twice a day.
Lie on your back with your knees bent and feet hip width apart.
Pushing through your heels and squeezing your buttocks, raise your bottom as far as comfortable.
Slowly lower back down. Try not to hold your breath.
Repeat 8 to 15 times, once a day.
Stand in front of a chair with feet hip width apart.
Squat down by sitting your hips back, as if you are going to sit down.
Push back up into standing.
Repeat 8 to 15 times, once a day.
Step side to side.
Repeat 8 to 15 steps in each direction, once a day.
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