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Hip Pain

Hip pain is commonly experienced in and around the upper outer aspect of your thigh. Pain in your hip can be extremely debilitating affecting both basic activities such as walking, using the stairs and sitting and also higher level activities such as sports.

The hip is a very complex area of the body which depends on many ligaments and muscles to remain stable and pain free. The physiotherapists at Liverpool Physio are specialists at diagnosing and treating many different types of hip pain ensuring a swift rehabilitation.





Passive stretch of the muscles and connective tissues of the hip by specialist therapistAbove: Passive stretch of the muscles and connective tissues of the hip by specialist therapist



What causes hip pain?



The causes of hip pain are numerous and often complex due to the nature of the joint. It is possible to separate the various causes into a number of broad categories which include; muscular, ligamentous and degenerative.

The hip and pelvic joints are the point at which the weight of the upper body is transferred to the lower limbs meaning that stability here is imperative. The surrounding muscles work effectively by maintaining a specific balance of activity and if an injury occurs the consequent inflammation in the area can cause chronic pain if the primary cause is not treated effectively. It is therefore important to have any pain investigated by a physiotherapist.

Common causes of hip pain include: A correct diagnosis is imperative in order to focus the treatment on the cause of the pain.





Passive stretch of the muscles and connective tissues of the hip and pelvis by specialist therapistAbove: Passive stretch of the muscles and connective tissues of the hip and pelvis by specialist therapist



What should I do if I have hip pain?



If you are experiencing pain in or around your hip it is important to seek specialist treatment as soon as possible to prevent the injury from becoming chronic.

Hip pain is commonly experienced as referred pain from the lumbar spine so it is crucial to be examined thoroughly in order to provide the correct diagnosis and therefore the correct treatment techniques.

Whether your pain is longstanding or a recent experience, our expert physiotherapists have all the skills necessary to assess, diagnose and treat your hip pain successfully.





Progressive strengthening hip exercises supervised by experienced therapistAbove: Progressive strengthening hip exercises supervised by experienced therapist



What would physiotherapy assessment for hip pain involve?



Your initial appointment will begin with an assessment which involves two aspects; the subjective and objective assessments.
  • The subjective assessment gives you the time to explain the onset of your pain, your symptoms and how they are affecting you day to day. We will also enquire about any relevant medical history and what your own personal goals for treatment are.

  • The objective assessment then follows and involves your physiotherapist examining you physically. Assessment for hip pain will normally include testing muscle strength, joint range of movement, sensation, reflexes, some special tests and palpation of both bony structures and the surrounding muscles.
We ensure that by completing a comprehensive assessment we are able to put your mind at rest by not only diagnosing and treating your problem but also by taking the time to explain the condition and by being honest about your prognosis.


What would physiotherapy treatment for hip pain involve?



Physiotherapy treatments for hip pain may vary dependent upon the specific cause of the pain but can include: At Liverpool Physio we understand that hip pain can have a significant impact on everyday functional activities such as walking, using stairs and sleeping. We are able to use our expert knowledge to make a positive impact on your hip pain and therefore your function.

The aims of physiotherapy treatment are generally to reduce pain, increase joint range of movement and ensure a swift return to sports and other activities.





Mobilisations of the hip joint by experienced physiotherapistAbove: Mobilisations of the hip joint by experienced physiotherapist



How can I arrange a physiotherapy assessment for hip pain?



Whether you have been coping with hip pain for a long time or if your symptoms have only recently begun, you will benefit from an assessment with a specialist physiotherapist.

In order to make an appointment please email our team at office@liverpoolphysio.co.uk or call on 0151 558 0077.


Summary



Hip pain can be a big problem, especially when you think about how much you move your hip daily for simple activities such as getting out of bed, walking and going to the toilet. If left untreated the inflammation and pain can become chronic, and so early physiotherapy input is beneficial.

From your physiotherapy assessment your physiotherapist can give you a diagnosis and therefore come up with the correct treatment plan to reduce your symptoms. A combination of various physiotherapy treatment methods will ensure you gain optimum function and your previous level of activity.

To arrange a physiotherapy assessment with us for your hip pain, please contact us on 0151 558 0077 or you can e-mail office@liverpoolphysio.co.uk

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