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Hip Pain Slowing You Down?

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Hip pain can significantly impact day to day life and slow down even the simplest of tasks. In this blog we talk about a condition that affects the hip which can be referred to by several different names, such as:

  • Trochanteric bursitis
  • Greater trochanteric pain syndrome
  • Gluteal tendinopathy

We prefer to call the condition a gluteal tendinopathy as it is more specific in identifying what we think is the source of the problem.

What is gluteal tendinopathy?

Your gluteals are the muscles of your backside. The ones most important when talking about a gluteal tendinopathy are the gluteus minimus and gluteus medius. Both of these muscles start on your pelvis (ilium) and travel to the bump on the outside of your upper thigh (greater trochanter of femur). Their main job is to help lift your leg out sideways. However, they also keep you stable when standing on one leg.

A tendinopathy usually occurs when the tendon of a muscle can’t handle the amount of work it is being asked to do (overuse). This results in negative changes within the tendon which can then cause pain and decreased function.

    How common is it and who does it affect the most?

    It has been found that 10-25% of the population will be affected by gluteal tendinopathy. Further, it is experienced by one in four women over the age of 50 years.

    Having low back pain, knee osteoarthritis and iliotibial band (outside thigh) tenderness seem to all put you at greater risk of developing this pain.

    What does it feel like?

    People who have a gluteal tendinopathy often report pain on the outside of their hip in the following situations:

    • Sitting
    • Going up and down stairs
    • Walking, particularly for long periods
    • Lying on the affected side

    How do I know for sure?

    If you think you, or someone you know, may be experiencing a gluteal tendinopathy then it would be appropriate to follow up with a qualified health professional. Head over to our Fix Your Pain page to find the right physiotherapist for you!


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