Tendonitis or strain of the hip typically occurs in active individuals who participate in recreational running, cycling, or physically intensive contact sports. These conditions usually occur due to injury or repetitive action. Tendonitis pain is caused by inflammation of the tendons in the hip joint. The most common form of tendonitis in the hip is inflammation of the iliotibial band, or the thick fibrous band that begins at the hip and extends to the shin bone. Sufferers of hip tendonitis or strain may find it difficult to pinpoint the source of the pain; however common symptoms include:
- Back pain
- Reduced mobility
- Hip pain
- Leg pain
- Shooting pain
A cortisone injection may be used in severe cases to reduce pain, and accelerate the healing process of inflamed tissues in the hip.
Physical therapy is the primary treatment option for individuals suffering from tendonitis with the objective of strengthening the quadriceps muscles. Initiating with light stretching, the therapy process will gradually incorporate weight as the patient is ready, eventually restoring full muscle strength.