Muscle tears and inflammations around the hip are very common. They can be isolated injuries or secondary to muscle balance problems. The most common is laterally based hip pain, felt on the side of the hip. This has many names; trochanteric bursitis and greater trochanteric pain syndrome (GTPS) are the most common. There is often no specific injury and is usually due to poor core stability. GTPS often responds to physiotherapy alone. Occasionally, ultrasound guided injections are necessary to help calm things down, but it rarely needs surgical intervention.
Acute muscle tears are different. They are high-energy injuries that usually occur as a result of eccentric contraction of the muscle. The most common muscle tears around the hip are the hamstrings (at the back) and rectus femoris (at the front). Often, these also can be treated conservatively with ice, rest and physiotherapy before a gradual return to normal activities. However, occasionally if bad enough, surgical repair may be needed.