Hip pain isn’t uncommon but it can be very restrictive for the sufferer. One of the most common cause of hip pain is down to inflammation of the tendons. Alternatively, you may have strained or overused the muscle in the hip. The hip joint itself may be the problem. Hip pain may be as a result of an injury or the pain could be down to the way you stand, move or use your hip.
Hip joint pain can stem from landing awkwardly, certain types of sports or an overly sedentary lifestyle. For example, your joints can become sore if they are held in the same position for hours, which means that certain sitting positions can lead to pain.
Athletes who play rugby or football, as well as dancers, may feel pain in the muscles around the hip as they are often expected to perform repeated sideways movements. This type of hip pain tends to be short term and whilst uncomfortable, will usually heal in a matter of days.
Osteoarthritis is a common culprit when it comes to hip pain. And whilst no medical professional can cure arthritis, it’s possible that pain can be reduced with correct advice and treatment from an experienced osteopath.
An osteopath will do more than simply treat the symptoms of osteoarthritis; they will assess the way you move your hip, massage the joint to reduce tension, stretch and strengthen the muscles to improve mobility and look at any secondary issues such as back or leg pain.
When hip pain isn’t actually from the hip…
You may believe that the source of the pain is from the hip, but there are many conditions and injuries that stem from other places and later affect the hip.
- Groin strain – when the muscles on the inside of the thigh (psoas and the adductors) become irritated and strained, scar tissue and chronic shortening can end up with the individual suffering from wear and tear within the hip joint.
- Gynaecological problems – conditions such as urinary tract infections can lead to pain in the groin and hip. Once treated, this pain should subside.
- Pelvic Girdle Pain – pregnant and breastfeeding women, as well as dancers and gymnasts can experience pain in the joints, ligaments and muscles around the pelvis. More information can be found by clicking here.
- Hernia – a hernia can often lead to groin and hip pain.
How can osteopathy help treat or manage hip pain?
Osteopathy can make a real difference to the treatment and management of your hip pain, although this does depend on the cause of pain and the damage already done. An osteopath will look at the whole person rather than just the symptoms in order to determine the most appropriate course of action.
For some, some simple strengthening exercises to improve stability will make all the difference to their pain levels and regular maintenance treatment will help the patient have the best chance to keep the condition at a manageable level.
For further information, then please ‘Ask Andy’. There’s really no need to suffer in silence, help is at hand. You can either book an appointment by clicking here or by calling our Billericay Practice on 01277 650010; Pinner Practice on 0208 868 3555 or Parkstone Practice on 01202 734211.