Outer (lateral) Hip Pain in Runners

 

The following are common causes of pain on the outside of the hip:

 

Gluteal tendinopathy

Gluteus Medius Tendinopathy runningGluteal tendinopathy in runners is a condition characterized by irritation and inflammation of the tendons in the gluteal muscles, particularly the gluteus medius and minimus. Runners with this condition often experience pain on the outer hip or buttock, which can radiate down the leg. Overuse, biomechanical issues, and training errors are common contributing factors.  More information on gluteal tendinopathy.

 

 

Trochanteric bursitis

Trochanteric bursitis in runners is a condition characterized by inflammation of the bursa located near the hip joint, specifically over the bony prominence of the femur called the greater trochanter. Runners with trochanteric bursitis may experience pain on the outside of the hip, often exacerbated during running, climbing stairs, or lying on the affected side. Overuse, poor biomechanics, and muscle imbalances can contribute to this condition.

 

Hip bursitis

Hip bursitis in runners is a condition characterized by inflammation of the bursae, small fluid-filled sacs that cushion and reduce friction around the hip joint. Runners with hip bursitis may experience pain on the outer side of the hip or in the buttock, particularly during activities like running, climbing stairs, or prolonged periods of sitting. Overuse, poor running mechanics, or muscle imbalances are common contributing factors.

 

IT Band Syndrome

IT Band Syndrome runningThe ITB (iliotibial band) is a long, inch-wide strip of tissue that runs from the iliac crest (top of the pelvis) down into the knee. While its main function is to stabilize the knee, its inflammation can be the cause of run-ending pain. IT band syndrome is a common condition among runners, characterized by pain on the outside of the hip or knee.  More information on IT Band Syndrome.