Hip Pain and Dysfunction

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Hip Pain and Dysfunction 2019-03-09T18:29:24+01:00
Hip pain and dysfunction - Olivia Mercer

At our physiotherapy clinic in Cambridge we understand hip pain is very common and may arise from muscles, ligaments, tendons and soft tissues surrounding the hip joint.  Common causes are related to underlying age related degenerative (‘wear and tear’/ osteoarthritic) changes.  Other common causes of hip pain are bursitis, labral tears and fractures. Pain in the hip can also refer from the spine (back) and pelvis.  Hip pain can present as pain on the outside of the hip, upper thigh, groin, outer buttock and knee.

Dysfunction, injury and degeneration of the hip joint are common complaints across all age groups. Hip pain can be one of the main causes of gait impairment in children and the elderly. One of the main goals in any treatment is to restore normal gait, as walking is one of the most essential activities to maintaining good health. The hip joint is more susceptible to degenerative conditions than to traumatic injury. Osteoarthritis of the hip joint does lead to considerably more disability than in any other joint in the body affected by the disease.

Factors that can influence hip pain and dysfunction:

Previous trauma, leg-length inequality, chronic low back pain and chronic sacroiliac joint pain and dysfunction create pain which leads to compensations through the hip region, causing uneven distribution of weight through the cartilage and joint.

Muscle imbalance generates abnormal movement through the joint, which will lead to an imbalanced stress on the cartilage. Tight muscles will add a compressive load on the area and hypertonic muscles easily tear and are susceptible to strain and injury.

When you come to our physiotherapy clinic in Cambridge for treatment first we take a full history. On visiting on physiotherapy practice in Cambridge for the first time we believe that we need the whole story to get the treatment right for you. This is followed by practical, hands on examination; from this we will discuss our findings, insights and a bespoke treatment plan will be devised and shared with you.

We can never give a figure for how many treatments will be needed as we are constantly assess you – the patient. Generally we feel the patient should notice an improvement after 3 treatments