Lateral Hip Pain


What is lateral hip pain?

Lateral hip pain (pain on the outside of your hip) is a frequent complaint that can be caused by several different factors. You may feel a sharp pain or dull ache that can range from moderate to severe. Lateral hip pain may be caused by structural changes to the gluteus medius or minimus tendon, as well as the iliotibial band which runs up the side of your thigh, or even bursitis. Pain may also arise as a result of trauma, such as experiencing a fall on the outside of the hip.


How does lateral hip pain present? 

Every individual and every episode of hip pain is very unique and may present in different way. Common symptoms may include:

  • Pain often noted along the outside of the leg
  • Painful weakness to the lateral hip muscles
  • Difficulty with weight bearing activities such as walking, running, stairs, or prolonged standing
  • Pain with laying on the involved hip
  • Tenderness over the outside of your hip


How is lateral hip pain treated?

Initially, treatment consists of non-surgical measures such as rest, activity, modification, anti-inflammatory medications, and physical therapy. If the pain persists or worsens despite conservative treatments, Dr. Potts may order an MRI to assess for underlying pathology.