Successful management and relief of hip pain usually takes a systematic, focused and persistent approach. We specialise in providing fast pain relief, but also longer her term rehab solutions for those who want them.
Step 1 – Get A Correct Diagnosis For Your Hip Pain
When you have pain in your hip it’s obviously important to know if you have hip bursitis, a labral tear, arthritis, muscle pain or some other form of injury/wear & tear. A deeper question still is knowing why these issues have arisen.
Healthy labrums don’t tear as a rule and only a percentage of us get hip osteoarthritis, these facts point to a deeper level of possible insight into our hip pain. Questions like ‘Why has your right hip developed arthritis but your left hip which has exactly the same mileage not got arthritis’ or ‘Why would your labrum tear just doing a few warm ups?’, are the types of enquiry that start a deeper level of investigation into hip pain.
Ultimately most hip pain issues boil down to faulty movement patterns and patterns of weakness. Identifying painful tissues, damaged tissues AND the movement abnormalities that cause them is the longer term path to successful treatment of hip pain.
Step 2 – Hands On Pain Relief
In most cases of hip pain it’s necessary to work with someone who is willing to try a range of hands on methods to ease your pain. At our clinic for treatment examples include…
Mobilisation – manual mobilisation of the hip joint can be extremely helpful and is much the same as the stretching you do yourself but can often achieve greater range of movement.
Stretching – using hands on ways of stretching the hip muscles with a trained practitioner can help a great deal when you are working to relieve hip pain.
Manipulation – manual joint manipulation as a treatment for hip pain is designed to increase movement and reduce pain signals.
Cryotherapy – the use of icepacks for managing hip pain can bring great relief. Ice reduces inflammation and interrupts pain signals.
Vibration Massage – deep percussive massage with the use of a mechanical massage machine can be extremely effective at reducing muscle pain around the hip.
Deep Tissue Release – releasing acupressure points that are found in the soft tissue of hip pain sufferers can often bring surprising levels of relief even for arthritis sufferers.
Suction Cups – using suction cups for the treatment for hip pain increases blood flow in the area and can stretch the fascia.
Scar Tissue Release – if you have had problems with hip pain for a long time you more than likely have a build up of microscopic scar tissue in the tissues of the hip. There are stretching and scraping techniques that can break thisbkind of scar tissue up and free the movement of the hip.
Acupuncture – the use of acupuncture needles as a treatment for hip pain is designed to reduce pain signals, reduce muscle spasm and increase blood flow.
If you have stubborn hip pain you may find that you need a determined, flexible and open minded practitioner who is willing to ‘throw the kitchen sink’ at your pain and find out what works for you.
Patients who have had significant hip injuries often find that they need a list of different treatments to manage and progress their hip pain at different times in order to progress.
Step 3 – Rehabilitation
If you have had persisting hip pain that you want to get rid of permanently it is a virtual certainty that you will need to address the underlying weaknesses and imbalances uncovered in Step 1. This ‘rehabilitation’ step is crucial for those who want to do everything they can to resolve their hip pain in the longer term.
The key to effective strengthening exercises for hip pain is a willingness to learn the exercises properly and keep doing them over a long period of time. This is in much the same way that you cannot go to the gym for just 6 weeks and expect lasting change.
A percentage of people with stubborn hip pain also benefit from insoles in their shoes, usually those with either very high or very low arches. We spend our whole lives on extremely hard flat and unnatural surfaces like concrete, this puts untold strain in even the healthiest of hips. Orthotics are a way of protecting the hip joint from these unnatural stresses in the longer term which can be extremely helpful when managing hip pain.
Regardless of which treatments and exercises your particular case of hip pain responds to the truth is these are all just the details. At the deepest level treatment is about is the freedom to live a normal active life without being limited by unnecessary hip pain.