There is no doubt you, or someone you know has suffered from hip pain at some point in their life. Hip pain can affect us at all stages. From congenital conditions at birth, to overuse activities during childhood or perhaps occupational injuries over the years. Becoming aware of your hip pain and its causes can be a vital step in overcoming the injury and preventing further issues down the track.

The hip is a “ball (femur) and socket (acetabulum)” type joint that is one of our primary weight bearing joints used in almost all general daily activities. The hip contains a thin layer of protective cartilage to allow for smoother movement, while the thick ligaments around the hip act as our support network to hold the joint together.

Some common conditions of the hip are:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI)
  • Gluteal tendinopathy (overuse injuries)
  • Hip dysplasia (a condition diagnosed in infants)
  • Trochanteric Bursitis
  • Sadly, not all hip injuries are reversable, like osteoarthritis. In this instance, Osteopathic care is aimed more at management rather than cure; helping to reduce the progression and keep those nasty aches and pains at bay.

    Osteopathy is a fantastic option for treatment of all the hip complaints above, as well as those little irritating niggles that come from time to time. After taking a thorough history and examination we’ll formulate a diagnosis which we’ll discuss in detail with you. We’ll then use a combination of techniques such as soft tissue, manipulation and joint articulation to help alleviate your presenting symptoms and make you more comfortable.

    As Osteopaths we are taught to look at the big picture so time will be spent trying to ascertain why you have a hip complaint. Is your mattress too soft? Do you sit with your legs crossed? Do you drop your hip out whilst standing? This, together with some stretches or strengthening, plus Osteopathic care will hopefully resolve the hip complaint quickly and prevent recurrance.

    If you or someone you know suffers from hip pain, why not make an appontment today to see what we can do to help get you back on track.