Hip pain is one of the most common types of problem we see and spreads across all age groups. The hip joint and its relationship with the lumbar spine, Sacroilliac Joint (SIJ) and pelvis make it a complex area to assess and diagnose correctly.
If you fit in the older age range you may be more vulnerable to age related changes to the hip which can cause problems with simple activities such as walking, sit to stand, balance, climbing stairs or even sleep disturbance.
With reduced balance you are at risk of falling and we would do a thorough balance assessment and prescribe suitable falls prevention exercises and advice if necessary. We may offer advice on assistive devices such as walking poles, sticks or frames.
The Sporting Hip
Younger activity related hip issues may come on after prolonged impact, such as running or jumping sports. Specific sporting hip conditions will be thoroughly assessed by our expert sports physiotherapists and any biomechanical deficits addressed. Subtle weaknesses that we can diagnose on our gait analysis systems help us prescribe the correct exercises to help.
Hip Pain Assessment
A comprehensive assessment for hip pain includes other joints and structures these include:
- Entire lower limb, foot, ankle, knee, hip, groin.
- Lumbar Spine
- Pelvis and sacroiliac joint
- Muscle control around the pelvis
- Abdominal and core muscle control
- Lower limb strength, quadriceps, hamstring length and function.
- Nerve mobility, sciatic, femoral.
- Hip joint biomechanics
Hip pain is often related to whole body biomechanincs. Your hip assessment will involve all of the above to effectively treat your hip pain.
Common sources of hip pain
- Hip Osteo Arthritis (OA)
- Hip Labral Tear
- Femoral acetabular impingement
- Perthes Disease
- Slipped Femoral Capital epiphisis
- Stress fracture
- Avascular necrosis of the femoral head (common after fracture)
Lateral Hip Pain
- Gluteal tendinopathy
- Greater trochanteric bursitis
- Adductor tendinopathy
- Groin strain
- Osteitis pubis
- Inguinal Hernia
- Sportsmans Hernia
- Lumbar spine
- Sacroilliac Joint
- Nerve root impingement
Best treatment for hip pain
It is vital to perform a thorough analysis of why you are suffering hip pain if we are to solve the problem. Only an
accurate diagnosis of the cause of your pain will lead to a successful resolution of the problem. Treating the symptoms
has traditionally been the first choice in managing hip pain, these include cortisone injections, NSAIDS, ICE, heat,
stretching. These treatments only provide short term benefits. Persistent hip problems require an expert analysis and
assessment. Our expert practitioners will specifically educate you regarding the cause of your condition and formulate
a treatment plan that will include manual therapy and exercise to alleviate the problem.
For specific rehabilitation advice regarding your hip pain contact us here at Fountain Square Physiotherapy for the
latest up-to-date treatment advice. We are experienced in the assessment, treatment, and prevention of hip pain and