Can Tendonitis Affect the Hips?

Many people are familiar with certain tendonitis conditions, such as tennis elbow and pitcher’s shoulder. But, did you know there’s also such a thing as hip tendonitis? While there aren’t any simple names you’d immediately recognize, the condition is real. And when it develops, it can cause enough hip pain to take you out of the game and interfere with your daily life.

Many people with hip tendonitis seek help at Space City Pain Specialists in Webster and Baytown, Texas, where they receive comprehensive care, including physical therapy, regenerative medicine, and minimally invasive interventional treatments that can significantly reduce hip pain.

If you have hip tendonitis or want to see if you do, we can help. In the meantime, here’s more information about tendonitis and how it can affect your hips.

About tendons and tendonitis

Tendons are thick, strong cords that extend from each muscle and connect the muscle to a bone. These cords are incredibly strong, a quality they need, because they’re responsible for moving your body. To make movement happen, tendons must stand up to the stress of transmitting the mechanical force of a muscle contraction to the bone.

Though tendons are strong, they’re also susceptible to inflammation, a condition called tendonitis. You can develop hip tendonitis from a fall or injury, but it most often occurs due to an overuse injury from frequently repeated movements.

Hip tendonitis symptoms

Hip pain is the primary symptom of hip tendonitis. Since it’s usually due to an overuse injury, the pain usually develops gradually and worsens with activity. Hip tendonitis may also cause tenderness in the area where the tendon attaches to the hip.

Causes of hip tendonitis

Hip tendonitis typically develops when you strain one of the large muscles attached to the hip. The top causes of hip tendonitis are:

Hip flexor tendonitis

Your hip flexor muscles are frequently in motion as they lift your knees when you walk and run. Anyone can strain these muscles and their associated tendons. However, your risk is higher if you enjoy certain activities, such as cycling, dancing, step aerobics, and sports that involve kicking.

You have two hip flexor muscles that combine to form one muscle. One of the muscles, the psoas muscle, begins in your lower back where tendons attach to several lower vertebrae. The second muscle, the iliacus, originates in your hip with tendons that attach to the upper part of your hip.

These two muscles travel down to your leg, where they form the iliopsoas muscle. The iliopsoas tendons attach to your upper femur, near the hip joint.

Technically, hip tendonitis occurs when an injury affects the iliacus muscle. However, you can develop hip pain when any of the tendons in this muscle complex become inflamed.

Gluteal strain

If you frequently engage in running, jumping, or dancing, you may strain the muscles in your buttocks. But here’s a surprise twist: You’re also at risk for a gluteal strain if you’re inactive.

If you spend too much time sitting, the hip flexors can tighten while the gluteal muscles weaken, a combination that can set you up for muscle strain.

All three gluteal muscles attach to your hip bone. You can end up with hip tendonitis when any of these muscles are strained.

Hip tendonitis treatment

Treatment for hip tendonitis usually begins with anti-inflammatory medications and activity modification so the tendon can heal. Physical therapy is also an integral part of rehabilitating the damaged tendons and muscles.

If your hip pain persists, or if the pain is too severe to engage in physical therapy, the doctors at Space City Pain Specialists can provide several innovative treatments. You may benefit from regenerative medicine therapies ― such as platelet-rich plasma therapy and stem cell therapy ― which can accelerate healing and rebuild new tissues to repair the damaged tendon.

You may also benefit from interventional treatments, which can produce significant pain relief by blocking the pain signals transmitted by your nerves. With effective options, such as a nerve block or COOLIEF* radiofrequency ablation, we can help provide long-lasting relief from hip tendonitis.

If you suffer from hip pain due to hip tendonitis, we can help. To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone with Space City Pain Specialists today.

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