Hip Pain

Hip pain can be attributed to a variety of conditions affecting the hip joint, muscles, ligaments, or tendons. These common conditions associated with hip pain include:

  • Inflammatory conditions: Inflammatory disorders such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and is a degenerative joint disease that can affect the hips. It occurs when the cartilage that cushions the ends of the bones in the hip joint wears down over time, leading to pain and reduced joint mobility.
  • Muscular strain or irritation: Sometimes, hamstring tendon pain or glute tendon pain can feel very much like pain originating from the hip joint.
  • Hip Impingement: A structural issue where there is abnormal contact between the ball and socket of the hip joint.  
  • Bursitis: Inflammation of the bursa, the fluid-filled sac that reduces friction in the hip joint.
  • Labral Tear: A tear in the cartilage that surrounds the hip joint.
  • Hip Fracture: A break in the upper part of the thigh bone (femur) can cause acute hip pain.
  • Sciatica: Pain originating from the lower back or buttock that travels down the leg, affecting the hip. Can be interlinked or confused with hamstring strains.

Symptoms of hip pain can vary depending on the underlying cause, but they often include:

  • Localised Pain: Pain felt in the hip area, which may radiate to the groin, buttock, or thigh which can occur when weight bearing or through movement  
  • Swelling, redness or warmth: Puffiness or edema around the hip joint or the thigh area.
  • Stiffness: Reduced range of motion, difficulty in walking or moving the leg.
  • Limping: Altered walking pattern due to pain or stiffness.
  • Weakness: Difficulty in lifting the leg or standing up from a seated position.
  • Numbness or Tingling: Could be a sign of nerve involvement affecting the hip area.
  • Night Pain: Pain that disturbs sleep or is worse at night.
  • Joint Locking or Catching: Sensation of the hip joint getting stuck during movement, which may indicate a labral tear or other structural issue.

Hip pain can be attributed to a variety of conditions affecting the hip joint, muscles, ligaments, or tendons. These common conditions associated with hip pain include:

  • Muscle or Tendon Strain: Overuse or injury to the muscles and tendons around the hip. Common area is the outside hip to include the gluteal tendons as well as the groin area.  
  • Inflammatory conditions: Inflammatory disorders such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and is a degenerative joint disease that can affect the hips. It occurs when the cartilage that cushions the ends of the bones in the hip joint wears down over time, leading to pain and reduced joint mobility.
  • Hip Impingement: A structural issue where there is abnormal contact between the ball and socket of the hip joint.  
  • Bursitis: Inflammation of the bursa, the fluid-filled sac that reduces friction in the hip joint.
  • Labral Tear: A tear in the cartilage that surrounds the hip joint.
  • Hip Fracture: A break in the upper part of the thigh bone (femur) can cause acute hip pain.
  • Sciatica: Pain originating from the lower back or buttock that travels down the leg, affecting the hip. Can be interlinked or confused with hamstring strains.   
  • Pregnancy: Hormonal changes and added weight can stress the hips, causing pain.

The best treatment for hip pain varies depending on the underlying cause, the severity of the pain, and the individual’s overall health. Here are some general approaches to treating hip pain:

  • Physiotherapy: Specific exercises may help strengthen muscles around the hip, improving stability and reducing pain.
  • Rest: Minimising activities that exacerbate the pain.
  • Pain Management: Over-the-counter pain medications like ibuprofen can offer temporary relief.  
  • Ice/Heat Therapy: Ice packs can reduce inflammation, and heat pads can relax and warm up muscles.

For hip pain, start with a physiotherapist or your Doctor for an initial evaluation. Depending on the diagnosis, you may be referred to an orthopaedic surgeon, rheumatologist, or another specialist for further treatment.

Exercise can be beneficial for managing hip pain, depending on the underlying cause. Strengthening and stretching exercises often improve muscle tone, support the joint, and enhance mobility. 

  • Tailored strengthening: Weakness of the hip can contribute to hip pain as it can be more easily stressed by activity or exercise. Tailored exercise can help strengthen the hip and prepare it for returning to activity, exercise or sport.  A physiotherapist is best placed to help create a plan for you to achieve this.
  • Increasing Range of Motion: Stretching and mobility exercises can help improve the range of motion of the hip joint particularly in cases like when arthritis is the key issue. This can reduce stiffness and enhance joint function.
  • Weight Management: Regular exercise can aid in weight management, and maintaining a healthy weight is crucial for reducing stress on hip joints, especially in cases of osteoarthritis.
  • Improving joint health:  Exposing the hip to regular and varied challenges including running, jumping, and strength training can be highly effective for improving cartilage health and bone density.

However, it’s crucial to consult a healthcare provider for an accurate diagnosis and personalised exercise plan, especially if you’re experiencing persistent or severe hip pain. Exercise may not be suitable for all types of hip conditions, and in some cases, it could exacerbate the problem.

Whether you need surgery for hip pain depends on several factors such as the underlying cause, the severity of your condition, and how well it responds to non-surgical treatments. Surgery is often considered a last resort when conservative treatments like medication, physiotherapy, and lifestyle changes have failed to provide relief.

Chews Health top tip for hip pain

The cause of hip pain can be varied and complex, it’s best to get it assessed by a physiotherapist who will be able to help and support you get back to what you enjoy doing.

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