What we treat: Hip Pain

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Pain, stiffness, or other symptoms in or around the hip can be a common injury that spans all age groups. From acute injuries in sport, to gradual onset of pain in running or even gradual worsening of symptoms over time – all presentations are possible. Acute injuries to the hip through falling, twisting, fractures, or sporting injuries can result in damage to specific structures such as muscles, ligaments, cartilage, bone, or joints. Hip pain of gradual onset might be the result of age-related changes, muscular imbalances, instability, over-loading of the tissues, joint stiffness, or a combination of these.

As it is a complex region of the body, with multiple other structures surrounding that can refer pain to the same area (eg lumbar spine, pelvis, gynaecological), it is highly recommended to see an experienced Physiotherapist who can accurately diagnose your injury and put in place the best evidence-based treatment to get you back moving confidently and comfortably.

Common presentations for pain around the hip

There are multiple structures that can be a source of pain around the hip so where you feel your symptoms can be varied. Here are some of the more common areas you might feel symptoms, however, be aware that you might have a combination of these or a different presentation.

– Hip joint – symptoms may present in groin, front of hip joint, buttock, lateral hip and/or pain down the front of or inner thigh

– Gluteal tendinopathy – lateral/outer aspect of hip

– Groin pain/adductor injury – upper inner thigh close to pelvis/groin

– Hip flexor – just inside of the front of your pelvis and hip, close to your abdominals

– Stress fracture – deep inside hip joint/front of hip, can refer into your thigh and can be hard to localise

– Referral from your lower back – symptoms may present into the top of buttock and hamstring, around the lateral hip and around pelvis, or symptoms felt into the leg

You may also experience painful catching or locking of your hip, uncomfortable clunking or even giving way.

How we manage hip pain

– We take a full history to understand your symptoms and how they are affecting your life

– We conduct a full clinical assessment analysing your movement patterns, flexibility, and strength

– We provide hands on treatment to the affected areas as clinically indicated

– Exercise prescription for mobility and strength using an online programme emailed to you after the consultation

– Management plan discussed in detail including diagnosis, healing time frames and treatment required, all to achieve the goals important to you

Conditions we treat

– Any kind of pain or symptoms around the hip affecting your day-to-day life, gradual onset or acute

– Hip pain in the sporting population

– Groin pain/adductor strains

– Ligament injuries

– Hip flexor tightness or injury

– Hip impingement

– Hip osteoarthritis

– Gluteal tendinopathies

– Buttock pain

– Labral injury

 – Pre- and post-operative hip rehabilitation

– Rehabilitation following hip/femur/pelvic fracture

If you are suffering with a hip injury or pain that is impacting your life and exercise, book an appointment to see one of our experienced Physiotherapists. 

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