These are some of the conditions that commonly cause hip pain: Arthritis. Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are among the most common causes of hip pain, especially in older adults. Arthritis leads to inflammation of the hip joint and the breakdown of the cartilage that cushions your hip bones. Physiotherapy is known to help alleviate and manage such pains and you should seek advice and consult your local physiotherapist or sports therapist immediately.
The Best Way to Relieve Hip Pain Without Surgery
Have you ever experienced hip discomfort? If so, you are not alone. The number of people who experience frequent hip pain has risen significantly in recent years. While this may be due to the increased prevalence of obesity and diabetes, it is also likely that our sedentary lifestyles have contributed to these rising numbers.
If you find yourself experiencing stiffness or tightness in your hips, it may be a sign that you need to start moving more. Let's look at the most common causes of hip discomfort and how you can alleviate your pain.
Osteoarthritis of the Hip
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease of the joints and can affect any joints – including those in your hips. As this disease progresses, it causes the cartilage between bones to wear away, which leads to pain and swelling. If you find that getting up from low-lying or seated positions is difficult for you, this may be a sign that you are suffering from osteoarthritis.
One way to ease the pain of this condition is by exercising regularly, which may include non-weight-bearing activities like swimming or cycling. This will help strengthen the muscles surrounding your hips while helping increase blood flow and reduce inflammation in your joints. Our physiotherapists are experienced in treating osteoarthritis and will help you manage your condition.
The hip joint is surrounded by bursae – fluid-filled sacs that act as cushions between the bones of our joints. If these muscles become swollen or inflamed, they can cause discomfort in your hip while also limiting your range of motion.
If you are suffering from hip bursitis, some low-impact exercises may help ease some of your discomforts. Try using a stationary bike or an elliptical trainer for some non-weight-bearing exercise that will keep your joints lubricated while strengthening the muscles surrounding them.
Our physiotherapists have a range of exercises they can prescribe to help manage hip bursitis and will monitor your condition with regular checkups.
The tendons that attach our thighs to the bone of our hips are often overused, which can cause them to become inflamed – this is known as tendonitis. This is especially common in runners or cyclists, who put a lot of pressure on these tendons with every movement.
If you are experiencing hip tendonitis, try to limit the amount of time you spend standing and increase your low-impact activities like swimming or cycling. Try not to push yourself too hard when exercising because this can aggravate the condition. Enrolling in a physiotherapy program may be a good idea, which will allow you to focus on form and range of motion while your body is in recovery.
Talk to one of our physiotherapists today about how we can help ease your hip discomfort!
The adductor muscles of your inner thighs attach to the bone of your pelvis and hip and run along the inside of your leg. If these muscles become inflamed or strained, it can cause groin pain on either side of your groin crease (where the top meets the bottom).
If you are experiencing constant pain in this region, avoid prolonged periods of sitting and try low-impact exercises like cycling or swimming. If your discomfort results from a weak stabilizing muscle, our physiotherapists can suggest specific exercises to strengthen these muscles so that you can ease the pain.
The piriformis muscle is located in your glutes and assists with rotating your leg outwards when you move it backward. If the tendon of this muscle becomes inflamed or strained, it can cause pain on either side of your hip, just above the crease of your buttocks.
If you are experiencing discomfort in the area, we have a range of stretching and strengthening exercises to try. Our physiotherapists will also monitor your condition with regular checkups so that they can make sure you are making the right amount of progress.
Other causes include:
Overuse, poor body mechanics, and disease. Our physiotherapists will help you determine what is causing your hip discomfort and help you recover with the right exercises.
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