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A.I. Health Assistant Causes for Pain in the Outside of the Hip

The list below shows results from the use of our A.I. Health Assistant by Buoy users who experienced pain in the outside of the hip. This list does not constitute medical advice.

  1. 1.Iliotibial (It) Band Syndrome ('Runner's Knee')

    Iliotibial band (ITB) syndrome is the lateral knee pain that results from overuse that occurs after repetitive motion. It is the most common cause of lateral knee pain in runners and cyclists.

    Within 6 to 8 weeks with conservative nonsurgical treatment

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    knee pain, pain in one knee, dull, achy knee pain, knee pain that gets worse when going down stairs, sharp knee pain
    Symptoms that always occur with iliotibial (it) band syndrome ('runner's knee'):
    knee pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  2. 2.Hip Strain

    A strain, also known as a pulled muscle, occurs when a muscle is stretched or torn. A hip strain is a result of a pulled hip muscle.

    With proper attention, a hip muscle strain is likely to completely resolve.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    pain in one hip, moderate hip pain, mild hip pain, difficulty moving the hip, swelling of one hip
    Symptoms that always occur with hip strain:
    pain in one hip
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment

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  3. 3.Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome

    Greater trochanteric pain syndrome is a common cause of hip pain caused by damage to the tendons and/or bursa (fluid-filled sac near a joint) at the outside point of the hip known as the greater trochanter.

    Weeks to years

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    lower back pain, pain in the outside of the hip, moderate hip pain, groin pain, limping
    Symptoms that always occur with greater trochanteric pain syndrome:
    pain in the outside of the hip
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  4. 4.Ankylosing Spondylitis

    Ankylosing spondylitis is a type of arthritis of the spine. 'Arthritis' means inflammation of joints, and in ankylosing spondylitis this means that there is inflammation (irritation and swelling) between the disks that make up the spine. There can also be inflammation between the spine and the pelvis. Ankylosing spondylitis occurs more often in men and in people who have family members with the same disease.

    This is a chronic condition.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, back pain, trouble sleeping, joint pain, hip pain
    Symptoms that always occur with ankylosing spondylitis:
    back pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Pain in the Outside of the Hip

  • Q.Do you feel a snapping or clicking sensation in your hip?
  • Q.Do you run for exercise or sport?
  • Q.Do your symptoms get worse when you exercise?
  • Q.How would you explain why your hip hurts?

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Pain in the Outside of the Hip Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced pain in the outside of the hip have also experienced:

    • 13% Lower Back Pain
    • 7% Pain in One Hip
    • 6% Deep, Throbbing Hip Pain
  • People who have experienced pain in the outside of the hip had symptoms persist for:

    • 44% Over a Month
    • 20% Less Than a Week
    • 15% Less Than a Day
  • People who have experienced pain in the outside of the hip were most often matched with:

    • 42% Iliotibial (It) Band Syndrome ('Runner's Knee')
    • 42% Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome
    • 14% Hip Strain
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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