Hip and groin injuries usually result from a fall, direct blow, twist, or excessive muscle contractions. Pain can result from muscle tears, dislocations, broken bones, joint inflammation and arthritis. However, it is not uncommon for other areas of the body such as the lower back to refer pain in the hip region.
If you suffer from:
- Pain when putting weight on the affected hip
- Pain or stiffness when getting up in the morning
- Difficulty putting on shoes or socks or getting out of a car
- Localized pain on the outside of your hip
- Groin pain
- Reduced range of motion
- Weakness in the leg muscles
If you also:
- Limp to help reduce your pain
- Use a cane to help reduce your pain
- Are walking less often or shorter distances because of pain
You may have either had or currently have one of the following conditions:
Hip Osteoarthritis: This condition is a common problem for many middle aged people. It is caused by the wearing away of the cartilage that is on the end of each bone. As the cartilage wears away the two bones rub together, which produces pain and inflammation. Bone spurs may develop which can also limit how far the hip can move. The pain and stiffness are worse in the morning and after prolonged standing or walking.
Hip Fracture: If you have had surgery for a hip fracture you will need physiotherapy to relieve the pain, stiffness and weakness from your immobilization and to restore your normal gait.
Greater Trochanteric Bursitis: The greater trochanter is the large bump on the outside of the upper end of the thigh bone. You can feel it on the outside of your hip. Where friction occurs between muscles tendons and bones there is usually a structure called a bursa, which is a thin sac of tissue that helps reduce this friction. Sometimes this bursa becomes inflamed because of too much friction or because of an injury to it. Most cases of trochanteric bursitis appear gradually. The pain can be very sharp and is localized primarily to the outside of the hip. The pain may radiate down the outside of the thigh.
Physiotherapy is essential to the treatment, rehabilitation, and prevention of many of the conditions that affect the hip and its surrounding supporting structures. Don’t just put up with the pain. Have your injury looked at by an expert you can trust to get you the best results. Fine Form Physiotherapy will cater to your needs. Give us a call to organise an appointment.