When people think about hip pain, they think of a degenerative condition that only affects older people. Hip pain however, can come from the hip joint itself, but there are many other conditions that manifests as hip pain in people of all ages. Hip pain is commonly treated at the practice and symptoms can present in many types of ways, but usually symptoms will include:
- Dull ache/ pain around the hip, gluteal region
- Lower back or thigh or knee pain
- Pain is usually worse in the morning and better for activity
- Pain is better for moving, but worse for stairs and walking
How Osteopathy Can Help
When you visit the practice with hip pain, we will first ask you a full medical health questionnaire regarding your hip pain, your health and your previous medical history. If you have any previous or current MRI’s or X-ray results we will assess those too. We will then progress on to examination, which will involve looking at the whole of the body, not just the hip region, so please wear appropriate underwear so we can see how your body moves as a whole. The aim of the examination is to evaluate what works and what doesn’t. This is done by asking you to move and by us moving you. When a diagnosis is gathered we will advise you of how we think we can help you and if appropriate commence with treatment there and then. Osteopathy uses gentle techniques to treat the hip joint and surrounding areas, such as; mobilsation of the hip, lumbar spine and sacro-illiac joints, deep tissue massage of the gluteals, adductors, hamstrings and quadriceps to ensure that the pelvis is in balance. Other techniques include MET’S (muscle energy techniques), stretching and manipulation.
It is likely that you will be sent home with some exercises too to continue the good work at home. It is also common for people to feel some relief after their first treatment at the practice, however for people with acute/ short term pain it is common to have a few visits with us, where as long term issues such as chronic pain or degeneration is is usual that a longer treatment plan will be needed to address the problem efficiently.