Hip Bursitis

Hip Bursitis

Lateral Hip Pain Signs and Symptoms (Hip Bursitis)

Lateral Hip Pain is common among the active population. A painful hip can keep a runner from running farther, a weightlifter from increasing weight, and can prevent a good nights sleep!  Lateral Hip pain can be classified under many diagnosis including hip bursitis, gluteal tendinitis, gluteal tendinopathy, greater trochanteric syndrome, glute pain and IT band syndrome. However for the simplicity of this post we will refer to the general term “lateral hip pain” because often times these conditions and syndromes are misdiagnosed which leads to failed treatment. The key to treating lateral hip pain is first understanding whether or not that the root cause of the pain is due to the hip or another region in the body. Then you must decipher which structure in the body is causing the pain that is keeping you on the sideline. Watch this video below to learn more.


Hey everybody! My name is Dr. Nick Scotto with River City Physical Therapy located right here in the heart of Jacksonville. We are one of the best in Jacksonville Physical Therapy.

Today I want to talk to you about the Top 3 Most Common Signs and Symptoms of lateral hip pain. Now there are many diagnoses that include:

  • Hip bursitis gluteal tendinopathy
  • Glute pain
  • Greater Trochanteric Syndrome.

There are a lot of medical terms that are thrown out the diagnosis top type of pain, but for the simplicity of this video, we’re just going to call it lateral hip pain. Hip Bursitis is the most common diagnosis that is given. The hallmark sign of lateral hip pain is that you have pain when you lay on the side of the hip that hurts. If you have pain on your right hip when you go to sleep at night, and it’s hard to fall asleep, you may have lateral hip pain. Sometimes you can’t even really lay on the side of the pain. That’s actually the number one complaint and symptom that people have when they come to see me for this condition.

Another common sign or symptom that people have with lateral hip pain is that if you are extremely active, you have this pain when you are training. This commonly happens with runners, dancers, weightlifters and Cross Fitters. It’s tricky because they will not typically have pain when they are sitting down or doing day to day activities, but it will flair when working out. Sometimes it will not even get bad until towards the middle or end of the workout, causing some to think it’s just overworking during a workout. Don’t let that fool you. If the pain persists hours or days after the workout, you may be experiencing lateral hip pain.

Again, with this lateral hip pain you’re going to have pain mainly when you’re moving around. The third common symptom that people have is they can point to where their pain is, usually with one or two fingers. When they press on the side of the hip where that bony aspect is on the side of hip, the pain is reproduced. Either an extremely sharp sensation occurs, or a hard ache/hard dull ache happens in that area where their pain is. The ability to really pinpoint where the pain is can give some more clues into whether this is true lateral hip pain or not for instance, being able to reproduce the pain by pressing the side of the hip. To recap, if you have true lateral hip pain it’s not a pain coming from the back or the SI joint sacroiliac joint. Most likely, you’ll have pain when you lay on that side. So, if the pains on the right side hurt when you lay on the right side you’re most likely to have pain during activity. Whether the activity is CrossFit, running, weightlifting, dancing, or you’re participating in your specific sport you usually have pain during the activity. Usually afterwards, it starts to ache as well alongside pain with specific pressure to the outside of the hip. If you have any of these signs or symptoms and want to learn about how to get this pain, give us a call at (904) 566-7070 and we’ll be happy to talk with you to see exactly what’s causing your pain. Call us so we can help you perform at a high level with your dancing, your sport, your exercise, your CrossFit, your lifting or any physical activity you enjoy doing. We look forward to hearing from you soon. Check us out on Facebook!