Are you suffering from lateral hip pain? If yes, then you are in the right place and our team is here to help you out. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, around 80% of the adults suffer from hip pain at any point in their life. 

Lateral hip pain was traditionally referred to as trochanteric bursitis. Recently a study was done and found out that bursal distension is the reason for lateral hip pain. An inflammation between your thigh bone and nearby tendon can commonly cause outer hip pain. Lateral hip pain can be caused by several reasons. As it is said,

"Doctors often assume that pain on the outer side of the hip is due to bursitis. But 90% of the time, it's not bursitis," says Dr. Lauren Elson, a physiatrist with Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital.

Let’s see the reason that causes pain:

Pain in your hip can cause due to one of the following reasons. 


Such pain occurs due to the infection of the tendons that connect the gluteal muscles in your buttocks to the hip bone. 

"Tendinitis develops because of muscle imbalance. It could be from a lack of activity, crossing your legs, or even sitting on a wallet,"  - Dr. Elson says.
Overuse injury

Walking and running can tighten your long band of connective tissue that runs from the knee to the hip. It stabilizes the leg with the help of gluteal muscles. 

Tight muscles in the buttocks and hip

It causes pain because the gluteal muscles and IT band are too tight, which pull at the thigh bone where they attach. 

Spine problems

"The body isn't always smart in recognizing where the pain is coming from, and spine arthritis, a pinched nerve, or bones in the spine rubbing together can create pain in the side of your hip."

-Dr. Elson explains

There is a large number of people, who are suffering from spine problems. degenerative conditions such as lumbar and cervical disc disease and rheumatoid arthritis and in the end such diseases cause hip pain. 

Here are five causes that lead to lateral hip pain:

Muscle strain

Your hip pain is the result of muscle sprains or strains. Sprains can be seen when your ligaments are overstretched and sometimes torn. Strains can be caused because of the stretching and tearing of your tendons or muscles. With these problems, you may feel discomfort in your hip. 

You can treat your sprains and strains easily by doing the stretching properly. And if you are suffering from a severe case then you can opt for physical therapy. After doing all these things still, you found pain then consult your doctor immediately. 

Pinched nerve

It is an uncomfortable condition that can cause heavy damage such as pain, tingling, and discomfort, particularly if it occurs in your back, spine, or hip. If you are applying too much pressure to a nerve then such kind of problem can occur. This interrupts the proper flow of nerve functions, which results in causing pain, numbness, and weakness. 

Pinched nerves can also be cultivated through old scar tissue from the previous injury. Other causes of pinched nerves include:

●repetitive movements

Such pain will not last for longer and will not cause any permanent damage. If you put continuous pressure on a nerve then it can cause chronic pain, which can permanently damage the nerve. If you think that it is increasing the pain and the condition is severe then consult your doctor immediately. 


Arthritis is a common reason for hip pain. Arthritis can gradually increase with the inflammation of one or more of your joints. It arises due to aging and gradual wear and tears on the body. 

Common symptoms of arthritis include:

●decreased range of motion

Your doctors may prescribe you anti-inflammatory medications or pain relievers. They also recommend you for physical therapy to strengthen your joints. 

Herniated disk

It is also known as a ruptured or slipped disk. It occurs when the ‘jelly’ inside your spinal disk is plunge out because of the harder exterior of the disk. This condition will cause heavy pain and numbness. Many people who are suffering from herniated disk experienced acute pain symptoms. It will cause weakness because of which you can’t perform your regular task and you need to take rest at that time. 

Other symptoms of Herniated Disks are:

●thigh pain
●hip and butt pain

Sacroiliac joint dysfunction

It is also referred to as SI joints, which connect your hip bones to your sacrum, the triangular bone between the lumbar spine and the tailbone. It absorbs the shock that unites your upper body, pelvis, and legs. 

If it is injured then it can cause radiating pain in your hip, back, and groin area. Its treatment primarily focuses on reducing pain and restoring the SI joints. Your doctor will recommend you for rest, pain medication, and hot and cold compresses to reduce muscle tension and inflammation.

In serve condition, your doctor may recommend you for surgery. If you are feeling that it is growing then immediately consult your doctor for some instant results. Doctors can also suggest you for an injection of steroids that can help you out. 

Wrapping Up
Lateral hip pain can discomfort your life, you need to take serious care of yourself to get out of it. You need to keep all the above points in the mind, which causes lateral hip pain and make sure you never suffer from any of these. If you are suffering from any of these, then immediately consult Rebound Rehabilitation for the best care. Keep doing regular exercise to reduce your hip pain, go for a walk, or yoga. 
Hip and back pain are the main alignment of your body, they can cause some serious medical problems to your body. Make sure you take enough care of all these things. We hope that the above-discussed points will help you in living a happy and healthy life. 

Published by Rozy Andrew