Think that hip pain is bursitis? Think again.

Pain on the side of your hip is more likely from tendinitis, tight muscles, or another condition.


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Hip bursitis — an inflammation between your thighbone and nearby tendons — is commonly diagnosed when patients have pain on the outer side of the hip. However, several other conditions can cause similar pain, and require different treatments. "Doctors often assume that pain on the outer side of the hip is due to bursitis. But 90% of the time, it's not bursitis," says Dr. Lauren Elson, a physiatrist with Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital.

What's causing the pain?

Dr. Elson says pain in the side of your hip most often results from one of the following conditions:

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