Hip pain is common and disabling. Hip pain can present as pain with walking, morning pain, joint pain and referred pain.
Hip pain can be caused by
- Osteo-Arthritis or Rheumatoid Arthritis causing wearing of the cartilage and pain with walking, sitting and standing.
- Bursitis, such as greater trochanteric bursitis which presents as pain to touch and can also cause swelling and redness.
- A fracture in the neck of the femur can occur after a fall as well as pelvic fractures. They are not to be missed and can cause serious problems if not addressed early
- Referred pain from the lower back can cause debilitating hip pain, leading to weakness, numbness and pins and needles
- Weak muscles such as gluteus medius as well as other stabilisers can affect the control of the hip during walking and lead to unwanted problems
- Leg length discrepancies can put added weight through the hips and increase the wear and tear of the joint capsule.
The most common symptoms of hip pain are:
- Pain getting in and out of chairs
- Pain getting out of cars
- Pain walking up and down stairs
- Groin pain
- Nerve pain down the back or side of the leg
- Tenderness to touch
- Joint pain and Stiffness
- Decreased range of motion of the hip
- Lower back pain
Hip pain can have many causes and can be extremely painful. If you have hip pain or experience any of the symptoms above make an appointment to see our expert Physiotherapists who will assess and guide you in your recovery.