Many patients attend our clinic reporting hip pain of which there are many causes. The hip is an important area to treat as it is closely associated with the lower back, knees and lower limb. Your osteopath at Head Above will take the time to carefully examine and diagnose your hip pain ensuring that treatment is specific and the management plan supports a smooth course for recovery.

Symptoms of Hip Pain

Symptoms of hip pain can be quite varied and in many cases the cause is silent and coming from other body structures. Symptoms include:

  • Aching pain in the side of the hip that becomes sharp
  • Pain extending to the outer thigh, the groin or the buttocks
  • Pain with weight-bearing activity (i.e. using stairs, walking, running)
  • Pain upon pressure (sleeping/lying on the side)
  • Weakness in the muscles of the hips
  • Swelling may be noticeable in severe cases

Causes of Hip Pain

There are multiple reasons why your hip may become inflamed or irritated, and sometimes the condition may be idiopathic, with no obvious cause. Below are some common causes of hip pain:

  • Acute injury – compressive blow to the hip or a fall.
  • Continued compression – lying on the hip on a hard surface etc.
  • Repetitive overuse of the Illiotibial Band (ITB) – common in cyclists due to repetitive flexion/extension at the hip
  • Increasing age – hip pain is more common in people 45 years and older
  • Weakness/instability of muscles/tendons of the hip and the lower back

Treatment and management

Your osteopath can perform an examination to properly diagnose the condition and identify the cause. They may also assist with or recommend the following:

  • Osteopathic treatment of surrounding muscles & tendons to reduce pressure and pain in the hip
  • Specific rehabilitation exercises and stretches
  • Identification of the cause of your hip pain
  • Reducing inflammation with medications or ice
  • Rest from aggravating activities

What to avoid

Do not self-prescribe stretches or exercises, as you may aggravate the injury
Do not massage the area
Do not apply heat or heat creams to the affected area
Avoid engaging in the activity that may have caused the problem

This information on symptoms, cause and treatment and management of Hip Pain is provided for you in a fact sheet linked here.