Understanding the Causes and Symptoms of Hip Pain
The hip joints are the largest ball-and-socket joints in our body and it is highly durable, it can withstand repetitive motions and a reasonable amount of wear and tear. When we use our hip for activities such as walking or running, there is a cushion of cartilage which helps prevent friction as the hip bone moves in its socket.
There are several conditions that can lead to hip pain. With age and use, the cartilage in the hip joint can become worn down or even damaged. Also muscles and tendons in the hip area can also be damaged by repetitive activities or overuse. Bones in the hip can also be damaged or fractured during accidents or falls.
Symptoms of hip pain depend on the condition causing it and can discomfort can be felt in:
- Inside the hip joint
- Outside the hip joint
- Groin area
Additionally pain from other areas of the body such as the groin or back can also radiate to the hip. Hip pain can also affect our range of motion which can also lead to a limp.
Assessment and Diagnosis
In the initial assessment, our physiotherapists can help conduct a comprehensive physical examination to evaluate and understand the underlying cause of your hip pain. These include investigating the patient's history, reviewing physical activities, and testing mobility and movement.
Once the cause of the pain is determined, our physiotherapists will provide treatment to address the cause of the hip pain.
The customised treatment methods can include:
- Manual manipulation and massage therapy
- Acupuncture & dry-needling
- Stretches and rehabilitation exercises
- Lifestyle advice to help prevent the pain from returning
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