What is Hip Pain?
Hip pain is a common symptom in people of all ages. Hip pain may be felt the groin or pain in the thigh or knee.
According to the Mayo Clinic, “Hip pain is a common complaint that can be caused by a wide variety of problems.
Arthritis – The loss of cartilage from wear and tear or injury is called arthritis. This condition can be quite painful and often times patients will experience pain radiating into the groin area.
Bursitis – Bursa are small jelly-like sacs that are located throughout the body, but most notably in the shoulder, knee and hip. They sit between bones and soft tissues, acting as a buffer to reduce friction. There are 2 main bursa in the hip area and often become irritated/inflamed.
Muscle Strain – There are very large and powerful muscles that help move the hip joint through a variety of motions/movements. Overuse or irritation of these muscles can lead to a muscle strain.
Nerve irritation – The major nerves that control the function of our lower leg cross through the hip joint. When these nerves become “pinched” or irritated, it can cause pain through the hip and into the leg. The most common type of nerve injury is “sciatica” which is irritation of the sciatic nerve and usually causes pain that travels down the back or side of the leg.
How will physical therapy help?
After the initial evaluation, an experienced physical therapist will create a plan based on the patients age and injury. Exercises will be given that will improve both range of motion and strength therefore restoring normal functional mobility.
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