Hip bursitis

  • Bursitis of the hip is the most common cause of hip pain

  • Tenderness of the outer hip is typically caused by trochanteric bursitis

  • Less frequently, ischial bursitis can cause dull pain in the upper buttock area

Sprains and strains

A hip strain occurs when one of the muscles supporting the hip joint is stretched beyond its limit and becomes torn. A hip sprain is when a ligament in the hip is stretched or torn.

Hip flexor strains can range from mild to severe. Depending on the severity of the injury, recovery time ranges from a few days to months.


Gluteal tendinopathy is the most common hip tendon injury. The gluteal tendons are the tough fibres that connect the gluteal muscle to the hip bone. A tendon injury is usually the result of many tiny tears to the tendon that have happened over time.

SportsMed TENS therapy for Hip injuries

After a diagnosis of tendinopathy, bursitis, muscle or ligament tear, your injury management plan should include treatment as often as possible.

SportsMed is the TENS, ECS and EMS machine we suggest to aid repair of a hip injury.

SportsMed electrotherapy can be used everyday - outside the clinic - for drug-free, on-demand pain relief. It is also designed and programmed to aid circulation, reduce inflammation, hasten healing and help with muscle strengthening.

User guide

Please read the User Guide which comes with your TENS unit

Pad placement - Hip injuries

Pain relief - place pads where they are comfortable and most effective for pain relief

Injury healing - pads are placed at the location of the injury

Muscle rehabilitation - the generic advice is to place one pad at the top of the muscle and the second pad one-third along the length of the muscle you wish to strengthen. You may need to consult your physiotherapist for specific guidance on which muscles to target.


If you have any questions please phone our office for further advice.