Hip Pain

What is hip pain?

A hip joint injury refers to an overstretching injury to the hip joint and its supporting structures.

Hip pain is a general term describing the sensation felt when structures in the hip are irritated or damaged. These include:

  • Osteoarthritis of the hip

  • Iliopsoas (hip flexor) strain

  • Iliopsoas bursitis

  • Trochanteric bursitis

  • ITB band syndrome

  • Stress fracture of the neck of the femur

  • Snapping hip

  • Labral tear

  • Sciatica

How does hip pain happen?

Hip pain is caused by damage or irritation to structures in the hip.

What are the symptoms of hip pain?

Hip pain is experienced as pain deep within the hip joint, and sometimes radiates down the front of the thigh. The pain can be a dull ache or a sharp pain that is usually aggravated with movement of the hip. Other symptoms include:

  • reduced range of movement

  • swelling/inflammation

  • stiffness

  • weakness

  • numbness

  • spasm

What should I do if I have hip pain?

If you have or suspect that you have injured your hip joint, you should arrange a physiotherapy assessment as soon as possible.

Physiotherapy treatment for a hip pain.

The assistance of a physiotherapist is important in the treatment of a hip joint injury. Initially, your physiotherapist can diagnose your problem. In some situations this may require referral for an X-ray, ultrasound or MRI scan. From this diagnosis, your physiotherapist will determine an appropriate treatment plan. Treatment varies depending on the cause of your hip pain and often involves:

  • Hydrotherapy

  • Massage

  • Core Stability Exercises

  • Taping

  • Exercise Programmes

  • Electrotherapy

What shouldn’t I do if I have hip pain?

If you have injured your hip joint, you should not ignore the problem. If you ignore your injury it could get worse and prolong your recovery.