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Lateral Hip Pain.

Lateral hip pain can be very confusing as it can be associated with hip movement, leg movement or back movement. Clients are often unsure where their hip pain is coming from.



Lateral hip pain is a common complaint in my physiotherapy clinic.

Lateral hip pain, in my experience, has three main sources:

Hip Joint dysfunction; lower back disorder; Iliotibial band (which runs over the hip) disorder.

Now, let's look at each one of these in turn:




  1. Hip joint dysfunction and lateral hip pain - is when the problem is in your hip joint. Commonly this is due to a joint restriction and muscle imbalance, which if left untreated may develop into arthritis in your hip joint.

    Treatment requires early detection through examination and x-ray diagnosis. Manual therapy and strengthening exercises are a necessity in the treatment and long term resolution of this lateral hip pain.


  2. Lateral Hip PainLower back pain and lateral hip pain - is when a movement disorder in your back causes an impingement on a nerve resulting in a referral of pain into your hip. Common causes are disc, joint, muscle, nerve and ligament injuries.

    Treatment needs to be directed towards your back in this situation using manual therapy and exercises to resolve your hip pain.


  3. Iliotibial band disorder and lateral hip pain - is when you develop tightness in your iliotibial band where it runs over your hip. This is due to poor posture and movement patterns causing the tightened tissue to become inflamed over time. This causes lateral hip pain and burning.

    Treatment needs to be directed towards posture correction and muscle balancing techniques to remove the cause of your lateral hip pain. Failure to treat the cause in this condition may result in knee pain and lower leg pain also.


The successful management of lateral hip pain relies on an accurate diagnosis followed by appropriate treatments and exercises. You will need help from a chartered physiotherapist to ensure the correct diagnosis and treatment. Failure to find this may lead to re-occurrence and a more serious presentation in the future. The cause of your lateral hip pain must be eliminated to reduce the chance of re-occurrence.


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