Hip pain is usually felt when the hip joint and its supporting structures are damaged or irritated.
Some injuries that can cause hip pain include:
- Hip flexor strain
- Trochanteric bursitis
- Osteoarthritis in the hip
- ITB band syndrome
- Labral tear
- Iliopsoas bursitis
- Snapping hip
- Stress fracture in the neck of the femur
Trends we see in those with hip pain
- Sitting for long periods of time with legs spread, which puts an increased load on the lower limbs
- Post-menopausal women
- Increasing training levels too quickly and intensively
- Increasing amount of hill running despite lack of stability in and around the pelvis
What are hip pain symptoms?
Hip pain can feel like a deep pain within the hip joint, which may spread down the front of the thighs. It can be either a sharp pain or a dull ache and is often aggravated by hip movements. Other hip pain symptoms can include:
- Reduced range of motion
- Muscle spasms
Physiotherapy for hip pain
If you have or believe that you may have injured your hip joint, make sure you book a physiotherapy appointment as soon as possible. Physiotherapy is important for the effective treatment of a hip joint injury.
Your Sports Focus physiotherapist will initially assess your condition and diagnose your problem. In some circumstances, you may need to have an ultrasound or MRI scan. After diagnosing your problem, your physio will then determine your treatment plan in accordance with your unique condition, cause and outcomes.
Your treatment will depend on the cause of your hip pain, and may involve a range of physiotherapy modalities including:
- Massage therapy
- Sports taping
- Core stability exercises
- Shockwave therapy
- Exercise programs
Don’t wait to seek treatment for your injury! If you’re experiencing any hip pain, please book online at Sports Focus Physiotherapy today.