Hip Pain refers to any kind of pain or discomfort felt in either one or both of the hips. The assessment and management of Hip Pain is sometimes complicated, because of the number of structures that comprise the hip and the manner in which they all interact. One third of men and one quarter of women are likely to experience Hip Pain over their lives, with people working in manual jobs more at risk than others.
Hip Pain may be felt in the back, the buttock, the top of the hip, the side or middle of the thigh, and within the hip joint itself. Because of the nerves that travel through the hip to reach the leg and the foot, Hip Pain may be felt elsewhere in the body.
Hip Pain is caused by irritation, inflammation or wear-down of structures that make up the hip. Typical causes of Hip Pain are traumatic injuries, hip joint degeneration, muscle tightness, inflammation of a muscle belly or tendon, and arthritis in older individuals. The specific cause of Hip Pain depends on assessing the interplay between structures, movements, painful positions, and activities that cause pain. Hip Pain can arise due to muscular, bony, joint, ligamentous, or neurological causes.
Management and assessment of Hip Pain depends on the cause of the pain, how it feels and changes over the day, what makes it better or worse, and the length of time you have been experiencing the pain. All of these factors will be addressed in your initial assessment, which is the first step towards minimising and managing any pain or discomfort. The treatment you receive will be tailored to address the specific cause of your Hip Pain, and will focus on minimising pain, maximising your ability to move pain free, and developing a plan to minimise the risk of a flare-up in the future.
At Atlas Physio, we will provide you with education, structured management, and ongoing monitoring of your pain both in and out of the clinic. Contact us to arrange an assessment, and to take the first step on a course of corrective care today.