Do you have pain on the outside of your hip that has been nagging you? Does the pain get worse when you get out of a chair or lie on your side? If so you could be experiencing Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome (GTPS), previously known as hip bursitis.
This condition is most common in middle aged women but is also seen in the work out population from time to time. Typical symptoms include pain on the outside of the hip which is tender to the touch and gets worse with activity or pressure on the hip. Other aggravating activities include sitting with the legs crossed or prolonged standing/walking.
GTPS is caused by irritation of your gluteus medius tendon that inserts on the lateral aspect of the femur. Typically this is caused by weakness in the gluteus muscles, which causes the body to compensate to make up for the lack of strength. In turn, tightness occurs around the hip causing increased pressure and pain.
Physical therapy can help to decrease pain with GTPS by increasing glut strength, loosening soft tissues around the hip and restoring proper biomechanics. Your friendly Atlas Physical Therapist can design a specific program for you to help get rid of your hip pain.