Obers test is performed by having the patient lie on the unaffected side, and the affected leg is then abducted with the knee flexed to 90 degrees and released. Obers test is considered positive for iliotibial band syndrome if the thigh remains abducted when it is released. Sciatica causes posterior hip pain and is most likely due to a herniated disk in the lumbar spine. Meralgia paresthetica causes anterolateral thigh numbness and pain and is due to an entrapped lateral femoral cutaneous nerve. Trochanteric bursitis also causes lateral hip pain but is diagnosed by simple palpation of the lateral hip over the greater trochanter.
- Iliotibial band syndrome.
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