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Hip tendonitis: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment Options

Are you experiencing pain in your hip area that seems to be getting worse over time? You may be suffering from hip tendonitis. This condition, also known as hip tendinopathy, is a common source of hip pain and can affect people of all ages and activity levels.

Read on to learn more about hip tendonitis and when you should go see your doctor.

What is Hip Tendonitis?

This condition occurs when the tendons that connect the muscles to the bones in the hip joint become inflamed or damaged. This can happen due to overuse, poor biomechanics (incorrect use of a joint), or a traumatic injury.

A medical illustration of a woman jogging. The hip bones are lit up bright orange to show pain.

What are the Symptoms of Hip Tendonitis?

Some of the symptoms include:

  • Pain in the hip area, especially when moving the affected leg
  • Stiffness or difficulty with movement
  • Tenderness when pushing on the affected tendon
  • A clicking or snapping sensation in the hip joint when moving
  • Difficulty walking or standing for a long period of time

If you have hip pain but your symptoms don’t match this condition, read this post: 7 Injuries that might be Causing Hip Pain

When should you see a Doctor About Hip Tendonitis?

Hip injuries are common, but if you have pain in your hips that lasts longer than 4-6 weeks you should visit your Primary Care Physician.

If you suspect you may have hip tendonitis, it’s important to seek medical attention from a qualified healthcare professional.

What are the Treatment Options?

There are many non-surgical treatments that can help relieve and eliminate pain and tenderness in your hips.

These options include:

  • Rest
  • Physical therapy
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Corticosteroid injections

In severe cases, surgery may be necessary.

Fortunately, with proper treatment and management, most people with tendonitis of the hip are able to recover fully and return to their normal activities. If you’re looking for more information about hip tendonitis or want to learn about treatment options, Call Dr. Kevin Mangum at (801) 758-8735 for an appointment today.

You also might enjoy: 3 Common Hip Injuries (and when to see your doctor)

References:

Arroll B, Goodyear-Smith F. Tendinopathy: update on pathophysiology. Clin Exp Rheumatol. 2019;37 Suppl 1:6-11.

Maffulli N, Longo UG, Denaro V. Novel approaches for the management of tendinopathy. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2010;92(15):2604-13.

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