Hip bursitis – Lateral Hip Pain
Previously referred to as Trochantic Bursitis now known as Greater Trochantic Pain Syndrome (GTPS), is commonly correlated with an age of 40 – 60 years, being female and obesity.
Pain if often localised to the side of the hip and commonly felt when walking up stairs or hills, sitting for long periods, lying on the affected side or standing on one leg. Pain can be caused by a range of different structures, most commonly damage to one of the gluteal muscles.
What causes Hip bursitis – Lateral Hip Pain pain?
Classic contributors to Hip bursitis – Lateral Hip Pain include overuse and overload of the muscles, incomplete healing of a previous injury and weakness. If there is weakness in the muscles of the hips and decreased pelvic control, this puts more load and compression through the muscles and the attachment to the side of the hip. Leg length differences can place more strain across one hip than the other.
How can Physio Help?
The first step will be a comprehensive assessment to check not only the hip but also the lower back and knee to ensure there isn’t any other explanation. For the hip palpating around the affected region as well as testing the strength of the contributing muscles will be completed.
Specialised tests which give clinicians a good indication of Hip bursitis – Lateral Hip Pain will also be completed. From there treatment will involve de loading the area and releasing the muscles contributing to the pain. Gradually exercises to increase movement and strength will be incorporated to ensure a sustainable treatment plan and get you back to moving pain-free. Custom orthotics and good footwear plays an important part in healing this injury.