The hip is a ball and socket joint that allows for both stability and range of motion. Together with the pelvis, the hip transfers the weight of the body to the lower limbs for functional weight-bearing and locomotive tasks. Besides muscles and ligaments, there are a number of tendons and bursae that surround the hip that are susceptible to overuse and inflammation.
Hip pain can be the cause of injury, repeated movements or wear and tear. The hip joint is a sturdy joint and normally withstands repetitive movements, but there are other parts of the hip to account for when discussing hip pain or hip injuries. The hip has cartilage which acts as cushioning between the hip joint and the socket. The hip is also made up of muscles and tendons which can become inflamed or injured, causing hip pain.
When you experience pain in your hip, it can make everyday movements such as walking and sitting painful. The sooner that you can resolve hip pain, the better.
Hip pain and injury can commonly be felt in other areas of the body, such as the groin, outer and back of thighs, knees, and buttocks. Symptoms may also radiate down the lower leg to the ankle. Since other conditions can cause pain in these areas, a thorough assessment is needed to determine where the pain comes from.
Some of the most common hip pain conditions treated by our physical therapists are:
- Trochanteric Bursitis
- Hip Arthritis
- Hip Sprain / Strain
Our Physical Therapists will give you a full evaluation, assessing your range of motion, level of hip pain, and whether the discomfort also radiates into your buttocks, thighs and groin. Based on this evaluation and existing medical tests, we’ll work on flexibility and strength exercises, as well as give you movement strategies to manage the pain.