I am having some hip pain/discomfort in my right hip. When I run it does not bother me. But when I play basketball (2 days a week) the pain/discomfort comes around for a day or two after I play. The pain is just abouve my thigh. I belive it could be because I do not stretch my thigh muscle enough. I go to the Dr. on the 27th and hope to get some kind of answers or at least an appointment with a PT. What do you think?
Try doing some of the exercises (like the clams and lateral leg raises) with a theraband wrapped around your thighs/ankles to give you more resistance. This will really help improve your hip strength. Jay Johnson has another good routine called "Cannonball" that improves flexibility that you can try out.
Have you tried a foam roller? Getting on a roller is like self-massage or myofacial release; it will help loosen your tight spots. Good luck! - Fitz.
Last week I finished a 3 mile run (a lot for me) and the next day I developed a pain in my hip. Pain just below the hip bone and then about 4" back into the fleshy part of the back of the hip. It doesn't hurt when I run. It feels like a bruise. Today I noticed that I have a similar pain at the top of my thigh just like the OP mentioned.
I'm hoping this video of exercises helps. Should they be done after a run or later in the day?