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Talk to me about... Hip Pain

Updated: Apr 30, 2023

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Hip pain is a common issue that affects many people at some point in their lives. As a physiotherapist, I often see patients who are experiencing hip pain and want to understand the causes, symptoms and treatments for this condition.


Causes of hip pain:


There are many potential causes of hip pain, including:


Arthritis: Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis can both affect the hip joint, causing pain and inflammation.


Bursitis: Inflammation of the bursae, small fluid-filled sacs that cushion the hip joint, can cause hip pain.


Tendinitis: Inflammation of the tendons that attach muscles to the hip joint can cause pain in the hip.


Hip fracture: A broken hip can cause severe pain and require surgery.


Muscle strain: Straining the muscles that surround the hip joint can cause pain and stiffness.


Symptoms of hip pain:


Hip pain can present in many ways, depending on the underlying cause. Some common symptoms include:


Pain in the hip joint or surrounding area


Stiffness or limited range of motion in the hip joint


Swelling or inflammation in the hip joint


Difficulty walking or standing


Weakness in the hip or leg


Treatment of hip pain:


The appropriate treatment for hip pain depends on the underlying cause. Some common treatments include:


Physical therapy: A physiotherapist can work with patients to develop a personalized exercise program that can help reduce pain and improve mobility.


Medications: Over-the-counter pain relievers or prescription medications can help manage hip pain caused by arthritis, bursitis or tendinitis.


Injection therapy: Corticosteroid injections can help reduce inflammation and pain in the hip joint.


Surgery: In severe cases of hip pain, surgery may be required to repair a fracture or replace the hip joint.


Prevention of hip pain:


While not all cases of hip pain can be prevented, there are some steps that people can take to reduce their risk of developing hip pain. Some tips include:


Staying active: Regular exercise can help maintain flexibility and strength in the hip joint.


Maintaining a healthy weight: Excess weight can put additional stress on the hip joint, increasing the risk of hip pain.


Warming up before exercise: Stretching and warming up before exercise can help prevent muscle strains and other injuries.


Using proper form: When lifting heavy objects or performing other activities that put stress on the hip joint, using proper form can help reduce the risk of injury.


In conclusion, hip pain can be caused by a variety of factors and can present in many different ways. As a physiotherapist, I work with patients to develop a personalized treatment plan that addresses their specific symptoms and underlying causes. By staying active, maintaining a healthy weight, warming up before exercise and using proper form, people can reduce their risk of developing hip pain.


If you need help with hip pain then visit us at Front Foot Physiotherapy to book an appointment. Alternatively, if you just want to discuss options for treatment then email us at info@frontfootphysiotherapy.co.uk.

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