Osteoarthritis, labral tears, impingement syndromes, bursitis, tendon tears or tendinopathy
There are many causes of hip pain. In some cases, hip pain involves injury to the joint, cartilages, ligaments and tendons of the hip itself. However, many other musculoskeletal and neurological structures can refer pain to the hip making it difficult to find a way to manage the condition yourself.
Normal function of the hips is complex and heavily reliant on good function in the low back, pelvis, knees and feet. The hip is also one of the areas most prone to degenerative arthritis because we load them fairly heavily, and often without much thought for how well conditioned they are to do their job.
Low back pain can commonly cause or contribute to hip pain, especially in the case of disc injuries. Sometimes the relationship between back and hip pain is clear but sometimes this can be the case even in the absence of back pain or injury.
Who it affects
Hip pain and injury occur in people of all ages and at all levels of fitness. Muscles, tendons and ligaments surrounding the joint are commonly injured during activities that require repetitive load like running or kicking sports. Any activity that requires full range movements like martial arts or gymnastics can pose higher risk of injuring joint cartilages like the labrum.
Hip degeneration may occur as normal age related change or may be premature in people that have inflammatory arthritis or abnormal hip structure – which is more common than you’d expect. People suffering from inflammatory conditions like Rheumatoid or Psoriatic Arthritis can also experience debilitating hip pain, though the hip is rarely affected in isolation.
What we do about it
To ensure you get the right treatment it is essential that we understand the cause of your hip pain and develop a treatment plan catered specifically to you.
A thorough assessment by one of our Osteopaths, Physiotherapists or Exercise Physiologists sooner rather than later is always your best option. Depending on the specific cause of your pain we can then help you coordinate the required allied health, medical or specialist care.
Want to know more?
You can learn more about the MOH approach to hip pain and improving hip function by checking out blogs in the MOH Hip series;
- Functional Osteopathic assessment of the hip
- Osteopathic treatment for hip pain
- Functional exercises for hip pain
- Pilates for Hip strength & stability
- Glute strength for hip health
- Myotherapy for hip pain
Want to book an appointment?
If you can’t find a time that’s convenient just give us a call and we’ll be happy to help you.
Just not sure?
If you’re not sure if we can help, or what type of treatment you might need, book in for a free 15 minute pain and injury assessment and we’ll help put you on the path to recovery.