Hip and Thigh Pain
Hip and Thigh Pain
The hip joint is one of the most used but also most resilient joints in our entire body. Almost every major muscle group in the lower body is connected to the hip; this includes the quadriceps, gluteal muscles and abdominal muscles. Some of our hip muscles even span from the hip all the way to the knee so it’s no surprise that the hips may easily become tight and a source of pain. Given the hip’s proximity to the pelvis and lower back, there are often an overlap of factors causing pain and a loss of function. A thorough assessment is required to correctly diagnose the source of pain or disability to allow a successful treatment program to be implemented.
Common causes include:
- muscle and tendon strains (including the gluteal tendons)
- hamstring and groin injuries
- internal hip problems (impingement, labral tears)
- bursitis (irritation to fluid-filled sacs called bursae that minimise joint friction)
- issues originating from the feet or knees
- referred pain from the lumbar spine or pelvis
Symptoms can include:
- pain in the lower back, gluteal region, front of hip and knee
- limping or catching when walking
- loss of motion of the hip
- inability to cross legs, bend at the waist or twist
- tenderness and tightness on palpation of the front, back and side of the hip
- difficulty sleeping
Given the extensive possibilities of the source of pain in the hip, it is essential that you have an in-depth assessment by one of our highly trained physiotherapists in order to form a treatment plan that will get you back to your best, and as quick as possible. The treatment program will include manual therapy techniques, usually to the hip, lower back and pelvis, to reduce pain and improve mobility. A program of strengthening and stretching exercises will allow a return to normal function and reduced chance of recurrence.
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