Hip Tendonitis symptoms and treatments
Dealing with Hip Pain & Tendonitis Injuries
Hip pain is a very common problem and there are many causes of hip pain. It can be hard to discover the condition that you are dealing with. It's important to have a correct diagnosis of the cause of your symptoms. This way the right treatment can be used to solve the condition and treat your pain.
Your hip has 5 bones and 17 muscles connecting your leg bone (femur), pelvis and spine all together. With so many connections of tissue to the bone it's easy to see why we can have pain in the front of the hip, buttock, side of the hip and even in your back.
Soft tissue, like tendons, ligaments and muscles, have a very important role in our daily movement of the hip and legs. This large ball-and-socket joint is placed under stress regularly. The tissue is pushed and pulled even while walking, which can lead to tiny tears in the connective tissue from muscle to the tendon. Hip tendonitis is often referred to as an overuse injury for this very reason.
Anyone can suffer from hip tendinitis, but it's most common in adults due to degeneration of tissue as we age. Over time the tendons in the hip will wear down resulting in something called degeneration. This is where the fibers in your tendons will become more weak - it's just a natural process that happens as we age.
Do You Really Have Hip Tendonitis?
Many back and spine problems can cause symptoms around the buttocks and hip. The most common problems that refer pain to the hip region. Visiting your doctor is always recommended, as there are many possible issues that can happen within the back, buttock and hip. Sometimes, one set of symptoms can result in multiple diagnoses.
Such as herniated discs, sciatica, strains of the muscles around the hip and pelvis can cause pain and spasm. Groin pulls and hamstring strains are also common. Another condition that could be causing pain in your hip is Gluteus Medius Syndrome. This presents as pain and inflammation on the outer portion of the hip, caused by a muscle tear or tear tendon in the Gluteus medius muscle.
The only way to know whether you have hip tendonitis for sure is through a diagnosis or consultation with your doctor. Physical examinations, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), x-rays and other tests can help to determine if you suffer from hip tendonitis, or some other condition in your hip, back, hamstring, or buttock.
What kind of Hip Tendonitis do You Have?
Hip tendonitis can occur in any of the tendons that surround the hip joint. The most common forms of hip tendonitis are:
Iliotibial Band (IT band) Tendonitis
Iliotibial Band Tendonitis can cause pain on the outside the hip or the knee. The iliotibial band is a band of fibrous tissue that runs down the outside to the thigh from your hip to your knee. It provides stability to the hip and knee and its' job is to prevent the dislocation of the knee and hip joint. When the IT band becomes tight it rubs across the hip bone or the outside of the knee every time we move. This constant rubbing can cause degeneration (break-down) of the IT band tissue, or move the IT band over the hip bone (). Pain normally disappears as you stretch out the hip and knee. The tissue becomes more flexible and pain improves with rest.
Gluteus Medius Tendonitis
Gluteus Medius Tendonitis can cause pain over the outer side of your hip hip, the upper side of the buttock and even in the lower back at the spine. The gluteus medius tendon connects the gluteus medius muscle to your pelvis, and its' job is to help us move our thigh/leg away from the body and stabilize the hip while walking, running, and jumping.
Hip Flexor Tendonitis
Iliacus Tendinitis or Iliopsoas Tendinitis both cause pain at the front of your hip. These muscles and tendons connect the pelvis to large leg bone (femur), and are often called the 'hip flexors'. They help with movements of the hip and leg to to pull the knee upward, help us stand, sit and lay down. You may have a greater risk of getting hip flexor tendonitis if you:
- Have an unsteady or uneven walk.
- Perform long-distance running and recently increased your distance or started traveling up hills too quickly.
- Perform repetitive movements like lifting your leg while turning it at the hip. This is common for those practicing ballet or gymnastics.
- Take part in sports that have a lot of high kicking or squatting.
- Regularly lift heavy items or practice improper lifting techniques.
Hip Tendonitis = High Risk of Other Injuries
Severe tendinitis in your hip could result in pain, tenderness and even swelling in the area. The pain will continue to worsen if left untreated, as your tissue becomes more stressed and the tiny tears enlarge. If left untreated, the tissue continues to degenerate and loss of range of motion may start to happen. This can lead to other injuries in the hip area as your joint becomes weaker.
Snapping Hip Syndrome
Snapping hip syndrome is when you feel a snapping sensation or hear a popping sound in your hip when you walk, get up from a chair or swing you leg around. This feeling and/or sound is made by a tendon in your hip as it moves over a bony bump. Most of the time this is more annoying than painful. However long-term snapping/popping can lead to hip bursitis, a condition that is very painful.
Trochanteric bursitis is an extremely common problem more so in women and the elderly. Hip bursitis is basically inflammation of a bursa in your hip that can cause pain over the outside of the hip joint and may go to the outside of the thigh. A bursa is a small sac of fluid, usually between bones and tendons, to provide lubrication to the hip joint. There are 4 major bursae in our hip to cushion the joint. As we age the bursae (plural of 'bursa') in our hip can age and break-down (degenerate) which can the risk of having a hip bursitis injury.
Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome
Greater trochanteric pain syndrome (GTPS)causes chronic pain on the side of the hip. Symptoms of GTPS include constant pain in the side hip that travels along the whole side of the thigh to the knee and occasionally below the knee and/or buttock. If you have this condition you will probably feel very specific point tenderness on the side of the hip.
Hip Arthritis is joint pain and can be described as a dull aching pain in the groin, outer thigh, or buttocks. You may feel more pain in the morning that could get worse as the day goes but generally lessens as you get more active. Doing anything vigorous can result in pain, stiffness and may limit your movements or make walking difficult. Arthritis means inflammation of a joint and there are a number of types of arthritis of the hip - including:
- Osteoarthritis - the inflammation happens as the smooth covering (articular cartilage) on the ends of bones wears away.
- Rheumatoid Arthritis - an immune system disease that usually affects multiple joints on both sides of the body at the same time.
- Ankylosing Spondylitis - a chronic inflammation of the spine and the point where the spine meets the pelvic bone (sacroiliac joint) that can also cause inflammation in other joints
- Systemic Lupus Erythematosus - an autoimmune disease in which the body harms its own healthy cells and tissues
The labrum is the cartilage that surrounds the hip joint. If you have a tear in your labrum you may feel a catching sensation and pain in the hip joint, groin, stiffness and limited range of motion of your hip. Any changes or abnormalities in the physical structure of the hip can lead to a tear in the labrum cartilage.
Osteonecrosis is a disease that affects blood flow to an area of bone. This lack of blood flow to the bone in the hip joint causes the cells to die and the bone may eventually collapse. Osteonecrosis is a condition that develops in stages, general hip pain is usually felt first that may progress to a dull ache or throbbing pain in the groin or buttock area. If you have this condition you may also have more pain and find it difficult to stand and put weight on you hip. Moving your hip joint will also be painful. These stages can last anywhere from several months to over a year. Early diagnosis of this disease provides a much better outcome with consistent, proper treatment.
De-generative hip fractures are most common in elderly patients with osteoporosis. Treatment of broken hips requires surgery to either replace the broken portion or repair it with a metal plate and screws. Stress fractures of the hip are most common in athletes who participate in high-impact sports, such as long distance runners. Treatment is usually successful by avoiding the impact activities.
Other Hip Conditions Affecting Children
Developmental Dysplasia - When the hips are dislocated or out of position in infancy the joint may not develop properly. While this is not usually painful as a child, it will lead to early on-set arthritis and problems with walking.
Leg-Calve-Perthes Disease - This is a problem similar to osteonecrosis (see above) but in childhood. If severe, it can lead to permanent damage to this hip joint and early on-set arthritis.
At this point you're probably asking yourself...
What Should I Do?
If you think that you're suffering from hip / thigh tendonitis and you're losing mobility in your hip and leg the first thing you need to do is see your doctor. Only your doctor can give you a proper diagnosis and from this, determine a course of proper treatment.
If you suspect you have tendonitis in your Hip or Thigh
- Usually conservative treatment methods are all that's needed to treat hip tendinitis, surgery is only ever used if long-term conservative treatment methods don't work or if you've suffered from a ruptured tendon in your hip. Conservative treatment options for hip tendinitis typically includes rest, icing of the injury, strengthening exercises, avoiding activities that cause or worsen the pain that you're feeling and anti-inflammatory over-the-counter medication (reference: 1 and 2).
- Second, if your doctor has decided that your injury can be treated with conservative treatment options, then you'll find that many of our customers have had great success treating themselves with our powerful conservative treatment products - the hip Freezie Wrap® and Inferno Wrap®.
- Or, if surgical intervention is required, talk with your doctor about using these same products for post-surgery recovery as you'll find them to be effective for reducing post-surgery inflammation, enhancing range of motion and reducing scar tissue growth.
... and Re-injury of your hip must be avoided at all costs!
Constant re-injury (you know when it's happening, you can feel the pain) needs to be avoided at all costs. Obviously, it delays the healing process, but what's worse is that every re-injury and additional healing cycle increases the amount of scar tissue that builds up around your original hip tendinitis injury.
Scar tissue is hard, inflexible, and tough to get rid of. The more severe your hip tendinitis is, the more likely that this scar tissue will make your tendon much more prone to injury again later on. The more scar tissue that develops, the more you lose the range of motion in your hip and leg.
Continuous re-injury and build-up of scar tissue while staying active means you'll have a greater chance of winding up with on-going pain, more tearing in your tendon or a full rupture.
No one is immune to tendinitis, you can easily reduce your risk of further re-injury with consistent conservative treatments
If you have pain and inflammation in your hip, thigh and groin, it's very important to heal your injury quickly and completely. You must avoid the build up of scar tissue. If you don't, your hip tendinitis injury may plague you forever. This is why it's so important to continuously use conservative treatment tools to heal any recurring tendon damage before it can build into something big. For any hip tendinitis sufferer, having the right tools means all the difference.
Mild and moderate cases of tendinitis / strained tendons are best treated with conservative home therapies. Severe injury to the tendon (ruptured tendons) will require surgery to re-attach the tendon to your bone or bring the edges of the tear together. If you suspect that you've ruptured your tendon be sure to speak with your doctor for suggested treatment.
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Hip Tendinitis Treatment - What You Can Do!
Step 1 - Reduce Pain and Swelling with Cold Compression
The first step for conservative treatment of your hip tendinitis is to reduce the swelling to "open up" the area for more blood flow. Anyone in the health-care business knows that your blood supplies the oxygen and much needed nutrients required to heal hip tendinitis injuries. This is why for years, doctors, trainers, and other medical professionals have recommended RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) to treat the pain and swelling of fresh injuries, chronic pain, and after any re-injury.
Although RICE can help to treat these symptoms, ice and freezer gel packs reach temperatures so low they can cause cryoburn, an ice burn on your skin. The problem is, up until now there hasn't been any other option to treat painful conditions and injuries, so ice and blue gel packs (full of anti-freeze and chemicals) have been the only choice up until now.
Fortunately you no longer have to settle for these ice cold methods that are uncomfortably cold against your skin, provide short term relief, cause ice burns, numb your skin and underlying tissue beyond feeling so you don't even notice the ice burn until it's too late and pool around your injury putting the cold everywhere except for where you need it most.
The Back/Hip Freezie Wrap® allows you to treat your hip in an effective and convenient way. Our Freezie Wrap® will wrap around your hip keeping the cold right over your hip injury for the entire length of your treatment. Our food-grade, non-toxic gel packs can be chilled in the fridge or freezer to tailor the amount of cold that you need for your injury. It doesn't matter how you cool it down, because our gel packs are chock full of gel that's designed to cool down into millions of tiny snowflakes. This method of cooling means our gel packs aren't icy-cold and stay flexible even right out of the freezer! The cushioned gel will wrap around your hip and it won't budge for the entire treatment period. You'll no longer have to deal with annoying pooling around your hip or have to hold a hard block of ice on your injury!
Cold Compression Therapy with a Back/Hip Freezie Wrap® works by stopping and slowing nerve and cell function in the area and reducing swelling that can block blood vessels.
This is important because once blood vessels are blocked or damaged, they can no longer carry oxygenated blood through the tissue and tissue cells begin to break-down. Without cold compression therapy cellular break-down and tissue damage continues as the cells don't get the oxygen they need to survive.
By limiting the amount of damage done to your tendon, you also limit the amount of healing that needs to occur. This is a very important step to heal tendon injuries faster and with less pain! This is why you need to treat your hip pain right after it's hurt, when you notice pain / swelling / inflammation, or directly after a re-injury. Applying a Back/Hip Freezie Wrap® right away will stop the damage immediately and unblock your blood vessels to let your body's natural blood flow in to start healing the tissue.
It'll seem weird for you to read this, but there are a LOT of people out there that don't understand how fast cold compression with a Back/Hip Freezie Wrap® can get the swelling / inflammation in your hip under control! After you get rid of the swelling for good you can start dealing with your hip injury and pain head on.
Use a Cold Compression Back/Hip Freezie Wrap®:
- 24 to 72 hours after your initial tendon injury or when you first notice pain and swelling in your hip to stop cellular damage, relieve pain, and decrease swelling.
- After exercise, workouts or activity of any kind to prevent re-injury of your hip tendinitis.
- Before and after surgery during rehabilitation to control pre and post-surgery pain and swelling.
- Anytime you feel your hip has been over-extended, over-worked, twisted, strained or sprained causing pain and swelling.
- Anytime you have swelling, sharp throbbing pain or inflammation in the tendons in your hip.
- Any other situation where you need to draw the pain and inflammation out of your hip.
Step 2 - Improve Circulation, Soften Scar Tissue & Prevent Re-Injury with Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy
After the inflammation around your injured tendon has been reduced, you need to provide extra blood flow to strengthen your tendon tissue.
This is where the Back/Hip Inferno Wrap®
and Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™ come in!
Using Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™ (BFST®), will help with your recovery and heal your tendon more completely. BFST® increases the amount of blood that flows naturally to your soft tissue to nourish your tendons, improving elasticity and speeding the healing process. This increased Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy to your hip tendon(s) is greatly needed.
The only way to get BFST® is through use of a Back/Hip Inferno Wrap®. The Inferno Wrap® is the only treatment method that improves blood flow and circulation on a deep tissue level. Other methods of warming / heating tissue (hot water bottles, hot baths, etc) will only ever increase blood flow on a surface / skin level. These methods need a LOT of time to even reach the tendons in your hip on a deep tissue level. And even if you were to use them this long your skin would heat up to an uncomfortable level and may even burn you.
The best source of heat treatment is from a product where you don't even feel that much heat. When you don't feel the heat, it means the therapy is working in your deep soft tissue which is really where you need it. It's kind of like how your heart works in your body. You can't "feel" your heart pumping blood all around your body to your arms and legs. You can't even hear your own heartbeat without listening very closely. This is exactly how deep tissue BFST® works too! You're not supposed to "feel" a lot of heat because the heat isn't treating your skin, it's treating your peroneal tendon increasing the blood flow right in your tendon tissue.
The Back/Hip Inferno Wrap® is the only product available anywhere that offers BFST® AND a thin, flexible Energy Web® (heating element) that conforms around your ankle. This Energy Web® also provides consistent, uniform heat all around your ankle to increase blood flow in the entire joint.
Our Back/Hip Inferno Wrap® is made from medical-grade material - this should be as important to you as it is to us! Other products that are sold in stores are considered "consumer goods" meaning the material only needs to be as good as a sweater that you wear. Clothing articles like this don't need to meet high standards of production or materials and may include materials that irritate your skin.
Since our wraps are medical-grade products registered with the FDA, they are of a higher quality and need to meet way more standards for manufacturing (ISO 10993 - bio-compatibility testing). This makes our wraps the safest product for heating treatment. Our manufacturer has spent years perfecting the wrap design to make sure you get the treatment you deserve!
Use a BFST Back/Hip Inferno Wrap®:
- After swelling and inflammation have been reduced with cold compression.
- Before exercise or workouts to warm up the tendons in your hip to prevent re-injury.
- Before and after surgery during rehabilitation to warm up your tissues before physical therapy exercising or stretching.
- Anytime you feel the tendons in your hip have stiffened up, are tight and your mobility is reduced causing you more pain.
- Anytime you have sore or aching tissue in your hip.
- Any other situation where you need to increase blood flow to your hip tendonitis injury to relax your tendon, relieve pain, prevent re-injury and enhance flexibility of your tissue.
Use These Conservative Treatment Tools
to Deal with Scar Tissue
It's important to rest the torn tendon because our natural healing process takes time to heal completely. If you don't rest your torn tendon, your acute tendinitis can quickly turn into a chronic tendinitis injury. To repair our damaged tendon tissue quickly, our bodies will use scar tissue to fill in the tears in the tendon. If you need to rest for an extended period of time and avoid certain activities that make your pain worse, you'll be more likely to develop massive amounts of this scar tissue as a temporary healing measure.
Scar tissue may plague you for weeks, months and maybe even years, depending on your level of activity and the amount of conservative treatments you have done during your rehabilitation. Scar tissue is a major problem, especially when it comes to re-injury of your tendon. When dealing with scar tissue it's always important to:
- listen well to your physician and if conservative treatments are recommended, remember to stick to your (daily) treatment plan using these therapies.
- frequent use of the Back/Hip Freezie Wrap® will help reduce the swelling very quickly. Much of the pain you feel will be from the swelling, and you'd be surprised how fast the pain drops off once the swelling is down.
- the Back/Hip Inferno Wrap® is a safe, electromagnetic energy device that will help reduce scar tissue and increase blood flow to the area (thereby accelerating the body's own healing process).
- when applied before stretching, the Back/Hip Inferno Wrap® will help flush the area with fresh blood. This will help improve your range of motion and prevent re-injury.
It may seem hard to believe, but our Freezie Wraps® and Inferno Wraps® will assist you in recovering from your injury faster and reduce the chance suffering from degeneration conditions (like arthritis or tendinitis) by maximizing blood flow where it's needed most and reducing swelling / inflammation induced pain.
Prevention and Promotion of Lifelong Health
If you want to avoid re-injury, or manage pain and increase circulation for lifelong health benefits. A Back/Hip Freezie Wrap® and Inferno Wrap® will provide the results you are looking for.
Why spend time in pain, off from work, and missing out on your active lifestyle when you can be proactive about your injury and the health of your body? Talk to your doctor about incorporating a regular routine of using a Freezie Wrap® and Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™ into your everyday health regimen.
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