There are many causes for pain in the hips and pelvis, your therapist will be able to diagnose what your problem is.

Here are a few of the most common causes of hip pain:

Osteoarthritis

The symptoms of osteoarthritis can vary greatly from person to person, it will typically cause:

  • mild inflammation of the tissues in and around the hip joint

  • damage to cartilage – the strong, flexible tissue that lines the bones

  • bony growths (osteophytes) that develop around the edge of the hip joint

This can lead to pain, stiffness and difficulty doing certain activities.

There's no cure for osteoarthritis, but the symptoms can be eased using a number of different treatments. Surgery isn't usually necessary

Labral Tear - Where the ring of cartilage surrounding the socket of the hip joint is torn

Bursitis - inflammation and swelling of the fluid-filled sac (bursa) over your hip joint

Iliotibial Band Syndrome - inflamed connective tissue running down the outside part of the thigh, usually associated with runners

Sacroiliac problems - The joint between your spine and pelvis, although doesn't move more than a few degrees, can occasionally be a source of pain​

Piriformis Syndrome an irritated or tight muscle in your gluteal region, often closely related with low back pain and sciatica

Referred pain from the spine

You can see either our Physiotherapist or Osteopath for an assessment, treatment and diagnosis of hip pain. If the hip pain is more muscle and soft tissue related you can also see our Soft Tissue Therapist.

Treatments are specific to your assessment and may include:

Mobilisations

Soft Tissue work

Stretches

Movement and exercise advice

Exercises

Helping to understand pain

As part of the treatment package your therapist may prescribe you exercises based on the movement directions and ranges that your hip needs to get better. But in the meantime here are some simple exercises to try: 

Hamstring Stretch

Sit with on the floor with the leg to be stretched out straight and the other bent out

of the way. Rotate the straight leg inwards and lean forward at the hips to feel a stretch

under the thigh. Hold stretch for 15 seconds as tolerable.This stretch can also be repeated

with the foot turned outwards.

Hip and Pelvic Pain