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Hip Pain

What is hip pain?

Hip pain is a common condition that can affect people of all ages and can significantly impact your mobility and daily activities. The hip joint is one of the largest weight-bearing joints in the body, responsible for supporting the upper body and enabling various movements like walking, running, and sitting. Hip pain can range from a dull ache to sharp, stabbing sensations, making it challenging to perform everyday tasks and enjoy an active lifestyle.

What causes hip pain?

Hip pain can be caused by a variety of factors, including:

  1. Osteoarthritis: A degenerative condition that leads to the breakdown of the hip joint’s cartilage.
  2. Bursitis: Inflammation of the bursa sacs that cushion the hip joint.
  3. Tendonitis: Inflammation of the tendons around the hip.
  4. Hip fractures or dislocations.
  5. Hip labral tears: Tears in the cartilage lining the hip socket.
  6. Hip impingement: Abnormal contact between the hip bones, causing pain and limited range of motion.
  7. Strains or tears in the muscles or ligaments supporting the hip joint.
  8. Overuse or repetitive strain injuries.
  9. Sciatica: Compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve, which can cause hip pain that radiates down the leg.
  10. Irritation of the femoral nerve that runs through the groin and down the front of the leg.

Seeking professional help is crucial if you experience persistent hip pain to identify the cause and receive appropriate treatment.

What does hip pain feel like?

Hip pain can present itself in various ways. You may experience aching, sharp pain, or stiffness in the hip joint. Some people may feel the pain in the groin area, while others might notice it on the outer part of the hip or buttocks. Hip pain can also limit your range of motion and make it difficult to walk or bear weight on the affected side.

Ignoring hip pain or pushing through the discomfort can exacerbate the problem, so early intervention is essential to address the issue effectively.

How can Physio help?

Physiotherapy is an effective approach to treating hip pain and addressing its underlying causes. Our experienced Physiotherapists will conduct a thorough assessment to identify the specific factors contributing to your hip pain. Understanding the root cause is crucial in developing a personalised treatment plan for pain relief and rehabilitation.

Physiotherapy aims to reduce hip pain, improve hip joint function and stability, enhance flexibility, and prevent future hip issues.

What treatment will you do for hip pain?

Following the assessment and consultation, our team of experts may recommend a combination of treatments to help alleviate hip pain, such as:

  • Manual therapy techniques to release muscle tension and improve hip joint mobility.
  • Targeted exercises to strengthen the muscles around the hip and improve overall hip stability.
  • Hip and core strengthening exercises to support the hip joint during movement.
  • Postural correction and ergonomic advice to avoid activities that worsen hip pain.
  • Heat or cold therapy to provide pain relief and reduce inflammation.
  • Gait analysis and correction to ensure proper walking patterns.

Our goal is to create a personalised treatment plan that not only addresses your current hip pain but also empowers you to take proactive measures to prevent future hip problems.

What can I do to reduce my hip pain before my appointment?

In addition to the treatments provided by our Physiotherapists, there are self-care measures you can adopt to manage hip pain:

  • Avoid activities that exacerbate the pain and put extra strain on your hip joint.
  • Practice good posture and body mechanics to protect your hips during daily activities.
  • Perform regular low-impact exercises like swimming or cycling to keep your hip muscles strong and flexible.
  • Incorporate hip stretches into your daily routine to maintain joint flexibility.
  • Wear good supportive footwear
  • Use a pillow between your knees when lying on your side at night.
  • Use heat to alleviate stiffness and pain.

If you’re unsure whether Physiotherapy treatment is suitable for your hip pain, please click the button below to request a call back from our team of experts. They will provide more information and guide you in the right direction.


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