What is it?
Hip pain can be caused by a variety of things which can lead to inflammation, pain, and, ultimately, dysfunction in the hip joint or surrounding area.
Information and causes?
Hip pain can have various causes such as bursitis, arthritis, poor posture, overuse injuries, sprains/strains, weakness, and obesity.
The signs and symptoms?
The signs and symptoms of a hip pain include the following:
- pain and tenderness in the front, side, or back of the hip
- tenderness to palpation
- stiffness, particularly after long periods of rest
- pain, poor gait and balance when walking or running
- pain sitting with legs crossed
- pain lifting the leg to the side
It is key that a person receive physical therapy for their hip pain to properly restore strength and mobility. Many people with hip pain may think there is no cure. For instance, arthritis has no cure, but there are treatments which include physical therapy to improve quality of life. The physical therapist will initially focus on educating the patient about the sprain. Research shows that people who are knowledgeable about their condition have better coping abilities. Furthermore, your therapist will work to initially decrease pain and improve mobility and gradually improve strength and function for sport or occupation. The physical therapist will design a program that is right for you and your goals.
At your first visit you should expect a physical therapist that is there to get to know you, your current complaints, and your goals. Using this information and the information they gather during their evaluation they will set up an individualized treatment plan that will help you reach your goals and get back to your life faster. Treatments could include modalities for pain control, manual therapy to help relieve muscle tension and promote healing, exercises to restore strength and motion, and muscular retraining to improve core activation and stabilization.