Hip and groin pain when running aren’t quite as common as knee and foot pain, but they can still cause a problem for many runners. There are some really big muscles in this area which are so important in the running form, that it’s no surprised they complain from time to time! Because the pain often feels deep in the hip, many runners become concerned they have damaged the hip joint itself, but this is rare. It’s more likely that its a deep muscle located under the more superficial glutes, or even one of the superficial ones referring the pain deeper into the hip or groin.
Here are my 5 most common hip and groin problems for runners. Piriformis syndrome is by far the most common one which can cause a variety of symptoms. Myofascial pain in the glutes is also common, but often isn’t bad enough for runners to class an injury – more of an ache or dull pain which can be run through.
Conditions Causing Hip and Groin Pain in Runners
TFL is short for Tensor Fascia Latae. This is a small muscle on the outer hip which attached inferiorly into the IT band. Trigger points in this muscle can cause hip pain which refers down the outer thigh….more
Hamstring Origin Tendinopathy
Hamstring origin tendinopathy (aka tendonitis / tendinitis / tendinosis) is a degenerative condition affect the upper tendons of the three hamstring muscles which causes a pain in the butt crease!….more