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Pain 101: Hip Pain

WHAT IS HIP PAIN?

Hip pain affects many people in a wide age range.  Pain with walking, running and sitting can be
indicators of several different conditions of the hip.  Hip pain can limit one’s life in a variety of ways.

Pain 101: Intro To Hip Pain

Are you experiencing pain or problems in your hip? Click on this video to learn more about hip pain and steps you can take to decrease your pain.

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the main types of hip pain

Arthritis

Arthritis

Arthritis is the wearing out of the hip joint leading to pain in the hip, groin, low back and even radiating down the leg.  This can be caused by trauma/injury, repetitive movements over time or aging and may lead to an inability to walk without pain.

Piriformis Syndrome

Piriformis Syndrome

The piriformis is one of the hip rotator muscles located in the buttock region.  This condition occurs when the sciatic nerve is irritated by the piriformis muscle causing pain, tingling and numbness in the buttocks and down into the leg.

Bursitis (Trochanteric)

Bursitis (Trochanteric)

There are several muscles and tendons in the hip and when they become inflamed, it causes increased pain with movement.  Tendonitis or a strain in the hip is often a result of compensations due to muscle imbalances or more serious hip joint pathology.

Tendonitis & Muscle Strains

Tendonitis & Muscle Strains

There are several muscles and tendons in the hip and when they become inflamed, it causes increased pain with movement.  Tendonitis or a strain in the hip is often a result of compensations due to muscle imbalances or more serious hip joint pathology.

Lumbar Referred Pain

Lumbar Referred Pain

Nerves in the lumbar spine often refer pain to the hips.  Most commonly, pain is referred to the back or the outside of the hips.

Sacro-Iliac Pain

Sacro-Iliac Pain

This is the joint in the bony pelvis which connects the sacrum and the ilium of the pelvis.  This joint is commonly strained in younger adults and is a source of arthritis in older adults causing pain in back of the hip.

what can you do about your hip pain?

The solution to your hip pain depends on the source of your pain and type of injury you may have sustained. The first step is to consult with your doctor and discuss their recommendations for treating the pain in your hip. Your doctor may recommend restrictions on specific activities, medication and/or physical therapy. You can try the following steps now to help alleviate your pain.
1

Rest

It is important when you are experiencing hip pain to limit your activity and rest so your hip can heal.

2

Cold Packs

Apply a cold pack to your hip to reduce pain and inflammation in the joints and muscles. To prevent damage to the skin and surrounding tissue, cold packs should only be applied in 15 minute intervals.
3

Stretch

If you don’t have increased pain with movement, stretching the leg, hip, and back muscles can be the first step in helping to loosen up your hip and decrease the pain.
4

Physical Therapy

Physical therapy consists of hands-on treatment to loosen muscles and joints, education on proper posture and movement to decrease pain, instruction on stretching and strengthening exercises to restore mobility and strength and modalities such as electrical stimulation, cold/heat and ultrasound.

exercises for hip pain

Following are a few exercises you can perform that may help alleviate pain. Please go to LIFE+ for more videos that may help you. Please consult your physician before trying these, and stop if you experience any pain or discomfort.

What is Physical Therapy?

  • Physical therapists are trained, licensed specialists who help individuals develop, maintain, and restore maximum movement and function. Physical therapists specialize in helping restore flexibility and strength to the body to allow you to move normally and enjoy life, pain free. Discuss with your doctor if physical therapy is an appropriate option for your hip pain.

Treatment Approach

  • Medical research has shown physical therapy to be an effective treatment with positive long term outcomes for patients with hip pain. A successful treatment plan consists of the following: hands-on therapy, an exercise program, posture & body mechanics training, and modalities (cold/heat, ultrasound electrical stimulation).

Hands-On Therapy

Physical therapists are trained to apply specialized, hands-on techniques that help relax tight muscles and restore joint movement in the hip.

Exercise Program

A patient-specific exercise program focusing on mobility and strength will be designed to help you return to your optimal daily activity and quality of life.

Gait & Body Mechanics Training

Physical therapists are experts at movement analysis. Your physical therapist will help you improve your walking and body mechanics for daily activities.

Modalities

Cold/heat, ultrasound, and electrical stimulation are used to decrease pain and relax the muscles.