Hip Tendonitis can occur when a muscle is overused and pulls on the tendon that attaches it to the bone. In hips, tendons perform an important role by keeping muscles attached to the thigh bone (femur) as the legs move.
Causes of Hip Tendonitis
Tendonitis is most commonly caused by activities that requires repeatedly lifting the leg and turning it out at the hip, such as gymnastics, ballet and sports that require a lot of high kicking. Others at risk of tendonitis are older people who have an uneven or unsteady walk and long-distance runners who have been running on hills or increasing their distance too quickly.
Symptoms of Hip Tendonitis
Tendinitis tends to feel sore in specific areas, such as pain, tenderness and swelling in the front of your hip. The pain will gradually increase if left untreated, as tendons continue to be worn.
Treatment for Tendonitis
Depending on the cause and severity of the condition, the Consultant may advise:
- Take a break from your activities, especially the one that caused the strain
- Use ice and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications to treat inflammation
- At night, try to sleep on the opposite side with a pillow between your legs to reduce strain
- Learn some exercises to increase flexibility and strength in the area
- Try heat and massage as you are healing
- Ease back into your activity schedule after about 10 days
To ask a question about hip tendonitis or to book an appointment, contact our specialist team available Monday – Friday 8am – 6pm and on Saturday from 9am – 1pm. Our hip specialists team have a dedicated and caring approach and will seek to find you the earliest appointment possible with the correct specialist for your needs.
If you are self-paying you don’t need a referral from your GP. You can simply refer yourself and book an appointment. If you have medical insurance (e.g. Bupa, Axa PPP, Aviva), you will need to contact your insurer for authorisation for any treatment and, in most cases, you will require a referral letter from your GP.
If you do not have a GP, then we have an in-house private GP practice that you can use. Alternatively we can suggest the most appropriate course of action for you to take, given your location and individual circumstance.