Why We Treat Hip Pain

Hip pain is a major cause of disability in the developed world. Finding that you can’t perform normal day-to-day activities without nagging hip pain is annoying at best, and seriously life-limiting at worst. 

Moving, living and sleeping comfortably form a big part of our most basic well-being. In addition, moving freely is fundamental to us thriving and providing for ourselves and our families. 

We take hip pain seriously, and our decisive approach to its treatment reflects that.

How To Treat Hip Pain

We work hard to relieve your hip pain as quickly as possible. Using treatments that ease muscle spasm, increase tissue mobility, increase blood flow, decrease inflammation & break up scar tissue.

Our treatments combine some of the most advanced pain management technologies available anywhere with a range of manual pain relief methods. Our vision for the care we provide is pretty simple  ‘’All the stuff that actually works and none of the stuff that doesn’t – under one roof’’’. 

If you need preventative measures for long-standing hip pain we have got you covered. Combining specific sets of core and hip exercises with tailored ergonomic principles is the key to preventing recurrence in most cases of stubborn hip pain.

Hip Pain Causes

The first thing most people think of when you say ‘hip pain’ is arthritis. There is however a lot more to the topic of hip pain than wear and tear. Become better informed with our overview of the possible causes of your hip pain.

Hip Pain Treatments

There are as many possible treatments for hip pain as there are causes of hip pain. The trick to effective treatment of hip pain is finding out what combination of treatments works to bring relief in your individual cause.

Hip Pain Exercises

Most hip pain sufferers have some underlying weakness of the muscle that supports their hip, they also tend to have some loss of hip joint mobility. Our targeted exercise program tackles both these issues head-on.

Hip Pain FAQ

The best treatment protocol for hip pain is the most flexible one. If you are lucky you might get relief with a single therapy like acupuncture. The longer you have had hip pain for though the more likely it is that you will need a more flexible approach. An important principle in most cases of hip pain is to incorporate pain treatments with rehabilitation exercises to strengthen the hip stabilising muscles, much like you would for the core in instances of back pain. 

Useful treatment approaches for hip pain can  include… 

Acupuncture
Deep Tissue Release
Post Isometric Stretching
Suction Cups
Taping
Scar Tissue Release
Vibration Massage
Custom Insoles
Glute & Quad Strengthing
Lifestyle Alterations

Yes massage of the muscles around the hip can be a very good way to help manage pain while you are working towards resolution of your hip pain. 

The best exercises for most cases of stubborn hip pain are those which strengthen the stabilising muscles of the entire leg. . Being more specific, the best type of exercises are those that carefully and persistently challenge your ability to balance and bear weight in a coordinated way. 

For many with a history of hip pain it won’t be possible  to do this kind of rehab comfortably and safely until your pain is under control via effective treatment methods.

If you have extremely and persistently stiff hips and they also hurt and click you may have some form of arthritis. Don’t freak out though because there are many other possible causes. If you suspect you might have arthritis, get checked out by a qualified professional, x Rays are the only way to know for sure. 

The most common approach to osteoarthritis/arthritis of the hip is to passively watch and wait until the pain is bad enough, then replace the joint. There is no question that in a percentage of cases of hip arthritis this is essentially what is needed. It is worth knowing however, there are countless millions of people alive today with arthritic hips will never require surgery. It is a little known fact that the majority of hips with arthritic changes will essentially live a long and happy (if slightly stiff) life without surgery. 

A wise approach on learning that you have osteoarthritis of your hip at any age,  is to take very very good & proactive care of that hip and all the other parts of your body that hip relies on. A purposeful daily regime of strength and balance exercises for your feet, knees and hips plus regular stretching sessions,  and insoles for your shoes (if you need them) would be a great start. Many people also report great improvements in the ‘wellbeing’ of their hips with correct nutritional support also. 

Do absolutely everything within your power to strengthen, mobilise, support and care for your hips (under the guidance of someone who can show you what specific measures you require). Then if you still find your quality of life so poor that a hip operation seems inviting then maybe it is what you need. 

There are many possible causes of hip pain, all of which relate to their own specific types of physical stress, injury or physical disease. Possible causes of hip pain include but are not limited to… 

Habit based movement issues
Muscles weaknesses & imbalances 
Soft tissue injuries 
Tendonitis / tendonosis 
Bursitis 
Bone fractures 
Excessively flat feet or high arches
Joint infections 
Osteoarthritis or wear & tear
Inflammatory arthritis like rheumatoid arthritis 

Figuring out what is causing your hip pain is a job for the professionals. Don’t be tempted to use guides like this to diagnose yourself, they are just for reference purposes.

If you are becoming chronically stiff in your hips over time; it is quite likely that you have some specific movement issues, imbalances or weakness in your lower limb. There is an example that we see in clinic on a daily basis, the patient who has very flat feet that are causing their hips to stiffen up over time. If your arches drop when you walk 10,000 times a day,  it can easily cause repetitive strain and stiffness in the hips over time. Most of these patients don’t realise why they are becoming so stiff. 

Other examples of undiagnosed issues that can cause stiffening of the hips include, people with muscle wasting from old injuries that were never properly rehabilitated, and people with unusually high arches. There are many other possible mechanical ‘patterns’ that can cause your hips to stiffen up slowly. It is also the case that a genetic predisposition towards weak cartilage, or certain types of arthritis,  can lead towards premature stiffening of your hips

Effective treatment for hip bursitis starts with figuring out what has caused the bursae to become inflamed in the first place,  and dealing with that. Hands on type treatments to ease the pain of bursitis can be extremely useful and bring great relief. Mobilising tendons and muscles, releasing joint stiffness and promoting blood flow in and around the bursae May bring rapid relief. To these ends, cupping, stretching and acupuncture can all be useful tools. 

Many of that people who receive successful treatment bursitis, find that it wasn’t actually the enlarged bursae that was causing their pain. Enlarged bursae are extremely common in areas of weakness and mechanical stress,  and they are easy to see on ultrasound, this high visibility doesn’t necessarily mean the bursae is the ‘cause’ of the pain. There are many other soft tissue structures around that bursae that may be causing the person’s pain. These other tissues (like tendons) are often the key to easing bursitis pain. 

Lots of people have clicky hips, some are painful and others are completely painless clicks. Many hips that click are minutely unstable in certain positions, others simply click as a tendon or ligament passes over a prominent piece of bone. Sometimes if the hip cartilage is degenerated or damaged it can catch intermittently,  which makes a click sound. 

Even amongst healthcare providers,  there can be a fair amount of guess work in figuring out the reason for a click. If you have a stubborn click in your hip it may be under a bit of mechanical stress, it makes sense to get not only the hips but the movement patterns of the whole leg checked. 

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