HIP PAIN

COMMON CAUSES, COMPLAINTS, DIAGNOSIS, TREATMENT AND HOW PHYSICAL THERAPY CAN HELP

Did you know...the hip is one the most naturally stable joints in the body because of its shape and very strong ligaments.

Common Causes

Research consistently shows that the following contribute to most hip complaints:

  • Overuse
  • Poor mechanics
  • Excessive twisting
  • Genetics
  • Sitting in unusual positions, including W sitting
  • Groin pain with tasks such as going up and down stairs
  • Sitting too long
  • Walking in the mall
  • Fitness activities such as running or aerobics

When the hip joint is overused or has had excessive stress, there can be damage to the hip's ligaments, muscles, cartilage, or labrum (tissue lining the rim of the hip socket).

 Typical Complaints

"My hip feels like it gives way"
"I get snapping over my hip"
"It hurts when I lie on my side"
"I have pain when I walk too far or go up or down the stairs"

Common Diagnosis

  • Hip Arthritis
  • Hip acebulum labral tear
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Stress fractures (pubic ramus, femoral neck)
  • Sports hernia
  • Childhood injuries (slipped capital femoral epiphysis, Leggs Calves Perthes disease, avulsion fractures)
  • Muscle strains
  • Traumatic hip and pelvis fractures
  • Sciatica/piriformis syndrome

Common Treatments

Often hip pain can be referred from your low back, your physical therapist will thoroughly screen both areas to pinpoint the true cause of your pain.

Along with skilled manual therapy, individualized stretching and strengthening and patient education, we may incorporate methods such as therapeutic aqua therapy, medicine and Swiss balls, electric stimulation, ultrasound or ice/heat

Since 1994, our evidence-based approach has helped thousands of West Michigan patients get back to their lives without hip pain. Most patients can expect significant improvement in symptoms after 8-10 sessions.

Contact Us for help relieving your hip pain.