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If you enjoyed this blog, you might like to take the online course on Anterior Hip & Groin Pain - 6 hours of guided online video content. Examine various joint-related, soft tissue-related and nerve-related conditions associated with lateral hip and buttock pain, their mechanisms, associated impairments, clinical diagnostic tests and management approaches. To learn more, take the lateral hip and buttock pain online course, or join me in an online or practical lateral hip and buttock pain workshop.

If you are still prescribing ITB stretches and clams for lateral hip pain, it might be time for a knowledge update!

Painful tendinopathies are one of the most frequent musculoskeletal conditions with which patients present to physiotherapy clinics. Diagnosis can often be challenging, with hip and pelvic tendinopathies often masquerading as lumbar-referred or hip joint pain. A missed diagnosis or incorrect management plan can lead to delayed outcomes for our patients and loss of confidence & patronage for the physiotherapist.

How can I be confident of making the correct diagnosis for hip & pelvic tendinopathies?

The best solution is to keep your knowledge up to date! There has recently been substantial progress in the area of diagnosis for gluteal tendinopathy. In fact, I recently co-authored a paper on this topic in the British Journal of Sports Medicine! You can experience first-hand the practical application of these learnings at my May workshop: Understanding Tendinopathies of the Hip & Pelvis.  During the workshop, you will learn to skillfully perform the latest diagnostic tests for gluteal tendinopathy as described in the BJSM paper as well as a battery of clinical tests for proximal hamstring, iliopsoas, and adductor tendinopathies. These have been extensively road-tested in clinical practice.


Update your hip & pelvic tendinopathy management plans

Did you know prescribing ITB stretches & clams for lateral hip pain can often worsen symptoms and hinder progress?

The impact of hip tendinopathies can be profound: gluteal tendinopathy can have an impact equal to severe hip osteoarthritis; while proximal hamstring tendinopathy and groin pain can end sporting careers. Through ongoing research, we now know that some of the more traditional management approaches lack evidence base and can potentially be detrimental to a patient’s outcomes. Advances have been made in the general principles of tendinopathy management & these principles provide faster and better outcomes for our clients.  The Understanding Tendinopathies of the Hip & Pelvis workshop provides a step-by-step approach to implementing the latest evidence-informed and effective management strategies.


Find out more

Through my role as an adjunct research fellow with the University of Queensland, I’ve had the immense pleasure of being a key member in a major study involving the development of education and exercise strategies for the management of gluteal tendinopathy. This involved extensive testing in a large randomised controlled trial and we are excited by the outcomes. The results are due for publication in the coming months so be the first to know by subscribing for further updates.

Another great Lateral Hip Pain blog


Lateral Hip Pain: Causes, Diagnosis, and Treatment

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About Dr Alison Grimaldi

Dr Alison Grimaldi is a physiotherapist, researcher and educator with over 30 years of clinical experience. She has completed a Bachelor of Physiotherapy, a Masters of Sports Physiotherapy and a PhD, with her doctorate topic in the hip region. Dr Grimaldi is Practice Principal of PhysioTec Physiotherapy in Brisbane, a Fellow of the Australian College of Physiotherapy and an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the University of Queensland. She runs a global Hip Academy and has presented over 100 workshops around the world.