This is typically the first question people ask when they come in with pain or injury, “what’s wrong with my…” but the better question to ask is probably, is there something wrong with my hip? You see, not all pain means tissue damage or disease and in fact the majority of injuries are minor but our very first job at MOH is to establish whether you have anything to worry about; and once that is done, what is the best way forward for you?
So how do we work out what’s going on with your hip pain?
We start with a regular, stock standard health and injury history and an orthopedic & neurological assessment that generally involves pushing and pulling on a range of anatomical structures like muscles, tendons and ligaments. This is to help us work out what sort of pain you most likely have (there are different types of pain that need to be managed differently) and to see if we can isolate where the pain might be coming from… but that doesn’t tell us much about why this might be happening or how we’re best to try and change it.
To work these things out we’ll combine what we know from your history and conventional exam with a functional assessment of how you load the hip in various everyday movement patterns like squats, lunges and hops. This video gives you a little sneak peek of some of the things we might look at when assessing your hip so you have an idea of what we’re looking at when we examine you.