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.