The hip is one of the largest and most unique joints in the body. Constantly in use, while bearing the burden of your weight, it is also prone to injury. While the hip offers a wide range-of-motion with its ball-and-socket joint, there is, however, a trade off when it comes to movement and stability. In order to provide stability the ligaments and muscles that surround the hip joint work to maintain balance with every step you take. However, pain is often the result of an imbalance found throughout these muscles.
With hip pain, it’s important to determine the cause of discomfort and whether or not it is due an acute injury or long-term condition. Pain in the hip can be the result of many factors including lifestyle, physical injuries, pregnancy, mechanical problems or a type of musculoskeletal condition. Even something as small as the type of shoes you wear can lead to pain in the hip. Your age, previous injuries and types of physical activities you engage in also affect your risk for developing hip pain.
At Wright Physical Therapy, we specialize in treating the following causes of hip pain:
Arthritis – Arthritis is a common cause of hip pain caused by the wearing out of the hip joint. Pain can result in the hip, groin, low back, and even down the leg. Often, this condition can be caused by trauma/injury, repetitive movements over time, and aging.
Piriformis Syndrome – Located in the buttock region, the piriformis is one of the hip rotator muscles. This condition often occurs when the sciatic nerve is irritated by the piriformis muscle. As a result, pain, tingling and numbness can be felt in or around the buttocks and down the leg.
Bursitis (Trochanteric) – Bursitis is a hip condition of the bursa (a fluid filled sac that cushions the tendons and joints) that causes irritation or inflammation. This type of condition often results in unwanted pain, limited movement and weakened muscles in the hip.
Tendonitis & Muscle Strains – Inflammation of the muscles and tendons can cause strains and tendonitis. As a result, increased pain can be felt with movement. These conditions are often due to compensations caused by an imbalance of the hips muscles.
Sacroiliac Pain – The sacroiliac joint is located in the bony part of the pelvis that connects the sacrum to the ilium bones with strong ligaments. Pain in the back of the hip due to this condition is often caused by common strains in young adults or as a source of arthritis in older adults.
Identifying The Cause Of Your Hip Pain
During a physical therapy evaluation, your physical therapist will review your medical history and gather specific details to determine the source of your hip pain. Factors like when the pain started and whether it can be located with touch or if it is deep within the hip joint will be taken into consideration. Based on this review, your physical therapist will use their expertise to pinpoint the source of pain and determine its underlying causes.
How Physical Therapy Can Help
Once you have been evaluated by a physical therapist a treatment plan will be developed to address the cause of your hip pain. Treatments will vary for each person based on their individual needs and may include various manual and instrument-based therapy techniques. Appropriate modalities such as heat, ice, and electrical stimulation may also be used. As you begin to heal, specific exercises will also be prescribed to help regain your body’s natural function in order to resume your normal daily activities.
Wright Physical Therapy
At Wright Physical Therapy, we use hands-on treatment, and exercise based strategies combined with healing modalities to improve a large variety of common hip pain conditions. We work hard to not only help you feel better but regain normal function by improving alignment, reducing inflammation, and maintaining balance and stability while preventing any further or future injury.
For more information on hip pain rehab or to book a consultation with one of our expert physical therapists contact us at one of our Magic Valley locations.