Physical Therapy For Hip Pain

This page will explore what physical therapy treatments are available for those suffering from hip pain. We are committed to helping you through your recovery process so you can return to your normal daily activities.

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Physical therapy can help you to recover from hip pain

The hip is one of the most complex joints in the body. When pain develops, it can be difficult to pinpoint which structures are affected and what causes the pain. Keep reading and we will explore some common causes for hip pain and what physiotherapy treatment options are available to relieve the pain and improve joint function.

Regardless of your source of hip pain, from minor pain to total hip replacement surgery, we will work with you one-on-one to create a treatment plan that works to address the underlying cause of your pain. We are committed to helping you through your recovery process so you can return to your normal daily activities.

Complexity In Treating Pain of the Hip

The hip is one of the most complex joints in the body. When pain develops, it can be difficult to pinpoint which structures are affected and what causes the pain. Keep reading and we will explore some common causes for hip pain and what physiotherapy treatment options are available to relieve the pain.

Regardless of your source of hip pain, from minor pain to total hip replacement surgery, we will work with you one-on-one to create a treatment plan that works to address the underlying cause of your pain. We are committed to helping you through your recovery process so you can return to your normal daily activities.

Common Causes
of Hip Pain

Some common causes of hip pain may be due to overuse or injury. Injuries can range from a sudden acute event leading to structural damage such as falling and landing on the side of your hip or gradually developing from overuse from repetitive activities.

Overuse in sports is when you have been doing an activity for weeks, months, years… sometimes decades, that your body learns how to move, where it places excess stress or repetitive motions on certain joints. If you play golf, tennis, baseball… these activities cause the hips to rotate in a particular way, so over time, this can wear away at the hip joint causing damage and pain.

The hip is a complex joint, pain is often experienced in the front of the hip.  There is no best way to treat hip pain, as it’s the cause of the pain can be related to muscle weakness, aching from a spasmed gluteus medius, or repetitive motion stress, or muscle strains that come from simple everyday activities. 

Types of Hip Pain and Injuries
We Treat

Conditions ranging from an injury that leads to a reduced range of motion, to the trauma of soft tissue that surrounds the hip joints.  We provide options to assist with pain relief from chronic conditions that are stealing away your active lifestyle.  Below is a non-exhaustive list of conditions we treat.

Bursitis

Bursa are small fluid-filled sacs that act as cushions between the bony bones. When these are inflamed, due to injury or repetitive movement it can cause hip pain. Hip bursitis causes severe groin pains and swelling in the front of your hip.

Bursitis is often treated with rest, ice, and anti-inflammatory medications. Our physiotherapists will also work on mobilizing your hip joint, improving movement patterns and muscle strength to prevent future injury of the socket joint.

Femoroacetabular impingement (FAI)

FAI is a condition where the bones that make up your hip do not fit together perfectly. This is most commonly caused by genetic bone structure abnormalities.

This is different from arthritis, which occurs when the cartilage between bones wears down with age. FAI causes hip pain and may even result in peripheral labral tears. Labral tears are a type of injury to your hip joint that causes swelling around the joint.

Hip Labral Tear

The labrum is a ring of cartilage that circles your hip joint and acts as a shock absorber. Labral tears can be caused by sports or motor vehicle accidents, repetitive stress, or movements that require a frequent twisting motion.

The labrum acts as an important stabilizer for the head of your femur within your hip joint; when you twist, such as turning to change direction while walking, this causes pressure on one side of the joint and can cause tears in different parts like what’s called a “labral tear,” which might have been made worse by certain other conditions such as severe arthritis affecting hips or knees.

Hip Related Sports injuries

Often athletes and weekend warriors alike will have experienced overuse injuries that require physical therapy to manage the pain and improve their activities of daily living.

Depending on your chosen sport there can be higher risk factors for incurring a hip injury. In sports, wear and tear is more common and injury can range from a dull ache to severe pain. If you had had a recent injury, consult a doctor and if needed, working with a physical therapist can help improve and prevent future injury.

Hip Flexors Strain

A hip flexor is a group of muscles found on the front part of your thigh. When these soft tissues are excessively tight, overstretched, or torn it can cause dysfunction and can become a cause of your hip pain.

Sports that require frequent use of this muscle, such as soccer, cycling, hockey, and even prolonged sitting can create tight muscles in this area which may result in eventual strain or injury.

Hip Fractures

Hip fractures are most common in older people as a result of a fall, however, they can occur in younger people with osteoporosis that can lead to bone fractures.

If you have experienced a hip fracture it is important to receive proper assessment and treatment from your orthopedic surgeon or doctor. Our physiotherapists will work closely with your doctors to create an effective treatment plan that improves strength

Arthritis of the Hip

The most common form of hip arthritis is osteoarthritis, which is when the protective cartilage around your joint wears down over time which results in less protection between the bones.

Creating more friction in the joint and sometimes bone-on-bone rubbing resulting in swelling and pain. This can be caused by age-related wear and tear or injury to the joint which causes the joint to age faster.

How Physical Therapy Helps Hip Pain

Physical therapy treatments aim to reduce pain and decrease any difficulty in bending or straightening the knee joint. You may be experiencing weakness in muscles supporting the knee or stiffness of joints around the knee.

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Pain Management

Pain is what drives most individuals to seek help, through our success in managing pain we can improve your ability to move and return to activities of daily living.

Improving Strength

Our physiotherapists focus on improving the strength of muscles around your hip which helps you manage a hip injury and prevent future reoccurring injuries.

Improve Muscle Function

The same muscles that are responsible for hip flexor strain can become tight and eventually lead to inflammation or tears. Our physical therapists will work with your doctors to create an exercise program that reduces muscle tension and improves joint mobility.

Manual Therapy

Our physiotherapists use manual therapy techniques to improve the mobility around your hip joint as well as reduce pain by increasing circulation to the area

Strengthening Exercises

Improving the strength of the surrounding muscle groups can lead to improved stability around your hip joint which can decrease inflammation and pain. This allows for a better position on the pelvis, proper engagement of the glutes and overall better function of the hips as a whole.

Functional Mobility Exercises

Whether you have been diagnosed with a sports injury, arthritis, or a musculoskeletal condition that involves your knees, our physiotherapists can help.

Balance exercises

One of the most important components of improving hip function is balance. When I use the term “balance”, I am referring to your ability to maintain proper posture and alignment while standing on one leg with eyes closed or open for various durations.

Activities such as unilateral exercises (standing on left leg only), single-leg squats, and single-leg deadlifts can help improve your balance by strengthening the surrounding muscles.

This progression would start with a level of difficulty that requires you to have good posture, an engaged core, and no weight on your arms for stability. You progress from there as each exercise becomes easier with less assistance from arms or good posture.

Our Clients Success Stories​

I had to quit the Chevron Marathon halfway because of some serious knee and leg pain. Turns out I had a really weak leg and hips. I worked with Denise and Manny on strengthening my legs, hips, and core. I thought PT was going to be boring, but they made it a lot of fun. It was always a different "workout" for me, they challenged me in ways I didn't think I could be challenged, especially since I'm not just a casual athlete. They sometimes did exercises with me. I highly recommend Impact Care Therapy, you'll get the care and treatment you need, with a great bit of laughter.
Linda Fox
I went to Impact Care Therapy after being thrown out of a golf cart when a car hit it. Didn’t realize how injured I was until I walked up some steps. I’m usually very active; I play tennis, golf, exercise regularly and garden. Manny and Denise worked with me to get my strength and balance back. They are knowledgeable and were able to explain the process. Impact Care Therapy valued me and my time, a very professional business.
Annie Jenkins
I have been going to Impact Care Therapy for a couple of months now and am blown away with the level of knowledge and care they provide. The team treats me like a friend and makes me feel as though I am the most important person in the room as they do all of the patients that come through the doors. Manny evaluates all aspects of an injury and does not just treat the symptoms. He works hard to find the underlying issues and continuously reevaluates to insure his therapy plan is the best and most effective form of treatment. Manny is motivating and pushes me to work hard while also making sure I'm comfortable. I'm so lucky to find this wonderful place so close to home and wanted to share in hopes of helping someone else in need of healing.
Ashley Emshoff

Contact Impact Care Physical Therapy To Treat Your Hip Pain Today

Hip pain can have many different causes. It is important to seek care from a professional who can help you to diagnose the source of your pain so that it can be properly managed and resolved.

Our physiotherapists will work in assessing, diagnosing, managing and treating hip joint pain to get you back to your normal activities as soon as possible.

Our team of professionals are here to assess any underlying conditions that need to be addressed before recommending effective treatments for managing pain and recovering from injuries. Hip problems affect both young adults and older adults and can result in a reduction in quality of life.

Contact us today for more information on how our team of experts can help with your injury recovery plan!

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