Outer Hip Pain

Posted by: Doug Cahill

Outer Hip Pain can be very annoying and painful to say the least.  Let me clarify what I mean by outer Hip pain before we really begin the article.

The hip is the whole region right around your hip joint on either side.  The hip joint is where your thigh bone connects to your pelvis.  Now some people experience hip joint pain, but sometime what you will experience is much closer to having pain isolated on the outside of your hip.

Causes of Outer Hip Pain

Hip pain in general can have hundreds of causes but when we narrow it down to Hip pain we can guess at the most likely causes.  This list, while not complete, contains the most comment causes of pain on the outside of the hip.

Snapping Hip Syndrome

Snapping hip syndrome is a condition mainly experienced by athletes.  It is closely related to hip flexor tendonitis which occurs as a result of inflammation.  The usually cause of inflammation in snapping hip syndrome is usually performing a repetitive movement too much.  It can affect people of any age and fitness level.


outer hip painHip bursitis is a condition similar to tendonitis but instead of tendons becoming inflamed bursaes do.  A bursa is a little gel-filled sac that cushions your internal structures around important joints.  When they become inflamed they can cause outer hip pain depending on their location.  They are painful to touch and can hurt during movement as a result of touching other internal structures.

Hip Pointer

A hip pointer is essentially a bruise.  Did you bang the outside of your hip on anything lately? If so it’s possible that you just have a Hip pointer which is probably the best case scenario.

Treating Hip Pain

Refer to our article on hip pain relief to see some of the things you can do to try and ease any pain you’re experiencing.  Also, if it feels fairly serious go see a doctor as soon as possible to get a full hip pain diagnosis.