Physiotherapy for Hip Pain
HOW DOES ANYTIME PHYSIO TREAT HIP PAIN?
Hip pain is a very common musculoskeletal complaint, especially in people who are involved in kicking sports such as football (soccer) or Rugby. Hip pain can also affect people who spend a lot of time standing or people who may be suffering with pain from osteoarthritis. All of our physios are experienced in treating common hip pain conditions. We also work with Brisbane’s top hip and knee specialists to provide rehabilitation following hip surgeries such as hip replacements and hip fracture fixations.
Our physios will thoroughly assess your hip to provide you with a diagnosis of your condition. Treatment generally involves managing pain by reducing irritation of the affected muscles, tendons and joints while restoring strength in the area through a strengthening program. This includes using:
- massage and manual therapy
- dry needling
- Reformer Pilates
WHAT CAUSES HIP PAIN?
Acute episodes of hip pain can be due to irritation of soft tissue structures of the hip, pelvis and thigh. The most common causes of acute hip pain are:
- Trochanteric bursitis
- Gluteus medius tendinopathy
- Femoroacetabular impingement (FAI)
Chronic hip pain is usually the result of degeneration of the hip joint or chronic inflammation of the bursae of the hip.
- Hip osteoarthritis
- Chronic gluteus medius/gluteus minimus tendinopathy
- Chronic trochanteric bursitis
- Tendon tears
ACUTE HIP PAIN MANAGEMENT
If you’ve just hurt your hip, here are a few tips to get you on the road to recovery. Please remember that this advice is general and does not constitute medical advice.
Rest From Aggravating Activities
The first step to managing acute pain is to avoid activities, movements and positions that aggravate pain. Your body uses pain as a way to signal to you that the injured area needs time to heal. The best thing you can do is to limit further aggravation and give your body the best chance to recover.
Do I Apply Ice or Heat for Hip Pain?
Depending on the area of pain, ice and/or heat can be beneficial. If the pain is on the outside of your hip, it is likely that you are experiencing pain from trochanteric bursitis or gluteus medius tendinopathy. Ice can be effective in reducing inflammation in these conditions. If you experience deep pain in the centre of the buttock or in the groin, heat may be helpful because it helps to reduce muscle spasm and brings more blood to the area to assist in healing.
Whichever you choose, apply for 20 minutes every 2 hours. Do not apply for too long and always make sure that you watch your skin to make sure you don’t burn yourself.
Book An Appointment with a Physiotherapist
Our Brisbane Physiotherapists are experts in assessing and treating hip pain conditions injuries. We work with athletes and surgeons to make sure our clients get the best care. Physiotherapy for hip pain involves identifying potential structures involved in the injury and the factors that led to the injury in the first place and designing a recovery plan suited to your specific presentation. Treatment options include hands-on manual therapy, massage, exercises to improve mobility and motor control of the hip and pelvis (i.e. “core stability”) and Pilates.
Need Help With Your Hip Pain?
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