Hip pain can be a challenging condition that limits your ability to move freely and perform daily activities. Our team of experienced physical therapists is here to help you alleviate your hip pain and improve your overall quality of life.
Common causes of hip pain:
- Osteoarthritis: A degenerative joint disease that occurs when the cartilage in the hip joint wears down over time, causing pain and inflammation.
- Bursitis: Inflammation of the bursae, small fluid-filled sacs that cushion and protect the joints.
- Tendinitis: Inflammation of the tendons, which are thick cords that attach muscles to bones.
- Hip fracture: A break in the hip bone, often caused by a fall or a direct blow to the hip.
- Labral tear: A tear in the ring of cartilage that surrounds the hip socket, which can cause pain and instability in the hip joint.
- Hip impingement: A condition where the bones of the hip joint rub against each other, causing pain and stiffness.
- Muscle strain or sprain: A stretch or tear in the muscles or ligaments of the hip, often caused by overuse or sudden movement.
- Sciatica: A condition where the sciatic nerve, which runs from the lower back to the legs, becomes compressed or inflamed, causing pain in the hip and lower back.
Symptoms of Hip Pain:
The symptoms of hip pain may vary depending on the cause, but common signs and symptoms include:
- Pain in the hip joint
- Pain in the groin or thigh
- Pain that worsens with activity
- Stiffness in the hip joint
- Limited range of motion
- A clicking or snapping sensation in the hip joint
- Difficulty walking or performing daily activities
Treatment options may include:
- Manual therapy techniques: Hands-on techniques such as joint mobilization, soft tissue mobilization, and massage to improve mobility and reduce pain.
- Strengthening exercises for the hip and surrounding muscles: Strengthening exercises can help improve hip function and reduce pain.
- Stretching exercises: Stretching exercises can help improve hip flexibility and reduce pain.
- Balance training: Balance exercises can help improve stability and reduce the risk of falls.
- Heat or ice therapy: Applying heat or ice to the affected area can help reduce pain and inflammation.
- Modalities such as ultrasound or electrical stimulation: These treatments can help reduce pain and improve healing.
- Patient education on proper posture and body mechanics: Learning proper posture and body mechanics can help reduce pain and prevent future injuries.
Our ultimate goal is to help you achieve optimal hip function and improve your quality of life. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and begin your journey toward a pain-free life.