I have read over all of the posts on ITB, bursitis, and groin injuries, and I'm still not sure which one I have. Last year I suffered a hip injury that was, over the course of 7 months, diagnosed first a muscle pull, second bursitis, and third tendonitis. As I saw different providers, the diagnosis would change. I did all kinds of physical therapy, and I didn't run at all during those seven months. Now the other hip is hurting. My PT says he's sure it's a strained groin, but I'm not convinced. I have to use a cane to get around because the pain when I put my heel down is quite bad, sharp and stabbing. I feel pain when I lift my knee, or move my leg forward or backward, but not too much discomfort when I move it to the outside. I do feel quite a bit of pain if I try to sidestep, but this is mostly (I think) because of the discomfort in anything weight bearing. I don't feel pain by pressing on the area, it seems to be quite deep, almost feels like it's the joint itself. It's worse first thing in the morning, and when I have been sitting or lying down for a while. It has been 14 days since the injury occured, and I still am taking 600 mg of ibuprofen 3-4 times a day just so that I can get around.
I should mention that I run in a very hilly area, and much of my training route was downhill. Can you determine anything from all of this? Please help!!
Shantelle, from your history - I would bet on your SI joint as a likely source of pain. The ITB and Trochanteric bursa give rise to pain on the outside of the hipa and thigh. The groin gives rise to pain in crease of the thigh and pelvis, but the SI joint gives rise pain in the butt on weight bearing. Also, the hip might give rise to weight bearing pain, and the lower lumbar spine is also a suspect. More information is necessary to be able to give you good advice, but it should not be difficult to sort out which tissue is hurt, and why.
Have your PT screen your SI joint, your lower back and hip to determine which the culpret is.