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Hip Pain

What Causes Hip Pain?

Hip pain is common among all age groups. The hip joint and its integration with your pelvis, SIJ and lumbar spine (lower back) make it a complex region to correctly analyse and assess any dysfunction.

Hip Assessment

The successful treatment of your hip pain requires a thorough and accurate assessment of your:

    • entire lower limb (foot, ankle, knee, hip, groin)
    • lumbar spine
    • pelvis and SIJ function and alignment
    • deep hip muscle control and activation patterns
    • middle and superficial hip muscle control, strength and function
    • deep abdominal, core and pelvic floor muscle control
    • upper thigh muscle length and strength (e.g. quadriceps, adductors, hamstrings, and ITB)
    • neural tissue extensibility e.g. sciatic and femoral nerve
  • hip joint biomechanics.

Your hip pain is often related to your whole lower limb biomechanics and function. Your assessment should include a functional assessment of your knee, foot and ankle joints, plus your thigh and calf muscles. They all contribute to your hip function.

Hip pain can happen suddenly or slowly over time. It can then impact heavily on our day to day function and quality of life, interfering with sport, exercise, work and daily activities. The exact cause, type and location of the pain is always unique to each individual, which means there is no single ‘fix’ for all hip pain.  Given that the exact cause of your pain can be quite complicated, it is important that a thorough assessment is undertaken by your physiotherapist to ensure any underlying issues are addressed. This enables a solution to be found that works for you, provides long term relief and stops the issue from re-occurring.

Physiotherapy can help you with your hip pain through education, hands on techniques and personalised, targeted exercise programs. As experts in functional movement we assess, diagnose and treat movement related disorders and help you to recover from injury. Pain should not have to limit you from participating in what you enjoy.

With the hips being constantly loaded through lower limb kinetics and supporting the weight of the upper body, hip pain can be common for people with all types of activity levels.  With prolonged sitting, standing or moving all influencing our hips: ensuring we remain pain free, mobile and loading our hips correctly is essential for the longevity of our physical condition.

One of only two ball-and-socket joints in the body, the hips are a unique and essential part of the body’s movement. In charge of posture and keeping our legs going, healthy and strong hips are essential for any lifestyle. However, due to the constant pressure and use, the hips are one of the first major joints to deteriorate. Combined with playing sports that require quick, lateral movements, hip injuries can be commonplace.

In addition, if you have hip pain, you may benefit from physiotherapy to help control your symptoms and improve your overall functional mobility. Your physiotherapy program should focus on decreasing or eliminating your pain, improving your hip range of motion and strength, and restoring normal functional mobility.

The hip is a ball and socket joint consisting of the thigh (femur) and the pelvis. There are many ligaments that support the bones, which provide considerable stability to the joint. Numerous muscles also attach around the hip to help move the joint.

Hip pain can be caused by many factors. Often, you may start feeling hip pain for no apparent reason. Sometimes recreation or sports puts repetitive strain on the hip causing pain. Because the hip is a major weight bearing joint, arthritis of the hip is a common problem. The hip is responsible for such functional activities as walking, running, rising from sitting, and climbing stairs. Pain in the hip can limit these activities.

Physiotherapy will require follow up visits, so you need to have patience while you are on a treatment plan. Your physiotherapist will very likely give you some exercises to strengthen affected areas.


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