For the last two months I have had a pain in the hip area, outer and also rear just when the upper leg bone meets the bottom of the pelvis under the left buttock.
It only becomes painful, more irritable really, like niggly, than painful when walking uphill, or being over forwards at the hip.
The hamstring on that side seems to have tightened up and alot less flexible than before.
There is no obvious moment in time or activity which caused this, as Im always fairly active, but I think it could have been a period of sprinting I was doing at the latter period of August, which it may have happened.
Overall, I can still run, walk ok, this pain is more niggly than full on excruciating agony, and I just wonder, is it hamstring or a problem with the hip itself.
And should I now make an appointment with the GP, who are always fairly useless anyway, and will probably say rest up and take some paracetamol.
Any help or diagnostics you may suggest are very much welcome.
Post by Ricardo Colberg, M.D. on Nov 9, 2012 9:42:33 GMT -6
There are different injuries that would cause posteriolateral hip pain, and frequently depends on the patient's age. It sounds like you may have strained the gluteus medius muscle, but we cannot rule out an intrinsic joint problem, such as femoroacetabular impingement (FAI). You could work on exercises to strengthen your gluteus medius and hip abductor muscles (you can look them up in the internet) and if you do not get improvement after 4 weeks, then I would recommend getting a formal evaluation by a sports medicine physician to evaluate for FAI, labral injury, or some other condition.