Hip Pain

Hip Injuries

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.

Osteoarthritis (OA)

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.

Groin Pain

Groin pain is often associated with hip pathologies and is often present in hip OA and cartilage injuries.  There are many other potential causes of groin pain that our physiotherapists need to exclude in your assessment.

Only after our physiotherapists have done a thorough hip assessment can you start your effective rehabilitation programme and return to pain free activity, also reducing the chance of the problem returning.

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.

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
Groin pain
  • Adductor tendinopathy
  • Groin strain
  • Osteitis pubis
  • Inguinal Hernia
  • Sportsmans Hernia
Referred Pain
  • 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 related conditions.

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