HIP PAIN PHYSIOTHERAPY DOWNTOWN EDMONTON
Are you bothered about your hip pain? Here’s all you need to know about your Hip pain.
Hip pain can be devastating for most people, especially if your everyday life is full of different schedules that require mobility. Imagine you wake up in the morning and find it hard to move or feel pain when you lie back down at night? You won’t be comfortable.
Anatomically the hip comprises over 17+ muscles that function together to provide proper alignment and movement of the hip. These muscles also aid in strengthening, coordinating, and providing flexibility. The hip is further connected to a significant group of muscles, including abdominals, quads, and glutes, which can be essential for mobility around the lower body. It is also closely connected to the movement of the lower back and pelvis. If a patient experiences tightness and dysfunction around the lower back or pelvic, they will likely affect the hip.
To ensure patients suffering from this condition do not experience continuous pain, which might affect their physical activities such as running, walking, jumping, and more, Instep Physical Therapy can be of great help
If you’re in Edmonton or surrounding communities and need the best physiotherapy clinic around you, we are the right choice for you. So to schedule an appointment, contact us to meet with one of our highly experienced hip specialists. They will be glad to examine, identify your problem, cooperate closely with you, and develop a suitable personalized treatment plan tailored to address your condition.
What exactly is hip pain?
Pain around the hips can occur in both children and adults. Globally, it has been concluded that hip pain can result from many problems. However, the exact location of where the pain can be felt can give a physiotherapist a better understanding of the possible causes.
In most cases, this pain can be developed due to hip joint problems caused inside the hip or groin. Also, it can be a result of pain felt around the hip region in areas like the outer buttock or upper thigh. This pain is inflated due to tendons, ligaments, soft tissues, and other muscles located within the hip joint.
In other cases, pain may likely develop around the hip due to different underlying conditions in the body or diseases (referral pain)
What makes the Hip Joint unique?
The hip is a primary weight-bearing joint that helps to provide maximum support for the upper body. It is made up of a ball and socket joint that gives stability and aids movement. Some of the unique features of the hip include;
- Labrum: labrum is a structure-like rubbery rim that creates a vacuum seal in the joint. It helps to deepen the socket in the hip further.
- Internal blood supply: Deep in the hip joint comprises some special artery and ligament that allow the proper flow of oxygen-rich blood to the femur.
- Variation in the movement of the joint structures: The femur is attracted at a specific angle towards the hip’s socket. However, this varies between individuals, which is why some people have a deep hip range compared to others.
You must know that slight discomfort, constant use, and pressure to the hip can develop pain. Different activities such as prolonged standing, walking, or moving can affect the hip. In order to maintain a comfortable hip, you must load your hip in the right way so as to protect its longevity and live a healthy lifestyle.
What can cause my hip pain?
- Muscle strains
Muscle strain is one of the common causes of hip pain. The hip comprises musculoskeletal systems (ligaments, muscles, soft tissues, and tendons). When this system is overused, especially muscles around the hip, strain and inflammation will occur, which will cause muscle tear and pain.
Tendinopathy is caused as a result of repetitive movement and demand within tight muscles. When activities require excessive mobility or load, the muscle around the hip can get irritated and can further result in tugging of the tendons, causing pain and inflammation.
This is a condition caused when the bursa within the muscles and bone is compressed, leading to inflammation and pain. Bursitis is mostly discovered outside around the hip joint.
- Snapping Hip syndrome
When a patient notices this snapping sound whenever the hip walks, they are likely to have this syndrome. This is due to abnormal muscle tension at the front or side of a joint. In some cases, when tight tendons flip over one another or bony parts of the hip, it can result in snapping hip syndrome. In order to resolve such a condition, your physiotherapist will create a treatment plan focused on improving strength and flexibility around your hip.
- Labral tears
Labral tears occur when the labrum, a cartilaginous structure located deep in the hip sockets, begins to tear, causing pain around the hip and groin area. When this happens, a patient notices symptoms such as deep click around the hip or stuck hip joint. Labral tears make the labrum lose its integrity and vacuum seal around the hip bone.
Physiotherapy regimens such as exercises and other therapeutic modalities can help improve the range. In some cases, this condition can lead to degenerative changes, while arthroscopic hip surgery may be required in severe cases.
- Anterior Hip impingement
Anterior hip impingement can cause intense pain. This is when certain movement of the hip bone causes pinching around connective tissue located at the front of the hip joint. However, some patients whose hip socket has a unique shape due to developmental or genetic factors can likely experience this condition. Also, tight muscles, as well as abnormal bony growth, can cause pinching. If you are experiencing this condition, an Instep Physical Therapy specialist in downtown Edmonton can help resolve impingement by creating a treatment plan to improve your muscle imbalance around your hip joint.
Osteoarthritis causes wearing of joint cartilage, which leads to the bone to bone pressure. When this condition occurs, pain and hip-motion loss are symptoms whenever performing weight-bearing activities. Mostly common in adults within the age of 60 or someone who was a hip injury victim in the past.
A fracture is a break, crack, or injury in the hip bone. When a fracture occurs at the hip, it causes mobility difficulties and pain. A physiotherapy regimen can help facilitate the immediate recovery of the affected hip bone with specific exercises. Instep Physical Therapy specialists will improve your stamina and strength to help you achieve a pre-active status.
- Lumbar Radiculopathy
Lumbar radiculopathy is a type of pain that occurs around the hip and groin region due to compression of a nerve root located in the low back. When this condition occurs, a patient experiences pain, stiffness, and posture changes. In order to eradicate the pain, your physiotherapist will tailor your treatment plan to cut across rehabilitating both the lower back and hip.
Other several conditions can lead to hip pain. If you notice any discomfort or pain around your hip or other body parts, do not hesitate to contact a physiotherapist immediately. They will examine you and identify the exact cause of your pain before developing a treatment guide to address your condition.
How will physiotherapy help relief your hip pain?
At Instep Physical Therapy, our team of therapy specialists can help you eliminate any pain around your hip and achieve your personal goals. When you opt for physiotherapy care for your hip, a well-trained therapist will use a personalized treatment to help address your problem.
The physiotherapist will focus on curtailing your pain using different therapeutic modalities such as dry needling and acupuncture during this session. Furthermore, hands-on techniques and specific exercises will be introduced to aid your treatment process. Participating in this therapy session will help increase your motion range, enhance your mobility, improve your strength, and normalize your muscles imbalances.
Other treatments such as soft tissue release, massage therapy, and orthotics may possibly be introduced, depending on your condition. If a patient does not respond to treatment, we recommend additional assessment on your hip from a trusted healthcare professional or provider.
What to expect during hip pain physiotherapy treatment at Instep Physical Therapy
When you arrive for your first physical therapy at our clinic, our physiotherapists will commence an assessment session. This assessment session requires your physiotherapist to obtain necessary information about your health condition, symptoms, medical history, and other health factors that may be a cause of your present problem.
After completing your assessment, further examination will be conducted. This will include;
- Gait evaluation– This assessment is focused on how a patient walks. Your therapists will perform this by observing the changes in the hip while instructing you to walk. In some cases, your physiotherapist might also consider performing a video gait analysis assessment to identify a gait problem that can likewise cause your pain.
- Motion range assessment-Requires you to perform some hip movement such as rotating, straightening, and bending. While undergoing this assessment, your physiotherapists will use some therapeutic tools to measure the position and movement of the hip.
- Functional mobility tests-In this case, you will be asked to walk, run, or climb stairs while your physiotherapist observes how your hip pain causes limitation to your general mobility.
- Palpation– This requires using the hands to check if a structure around the hip creates pain. It also helps your therapist to identify abnormalities around the hip.
- Special tests– special tests are used to identify structural faults around to hip. Your physiotherapist will assess the low back to identify if the spine causes hip pain
- Strength measurements– Strength measurement is used to identify if any of the muscular attachment surrounding the hip is weak. This helps therapists identify if any muscle imbalance around your hip contributes to a patient’s discomfort.
Once your examination is concluded, your physiotherapist will develop a suitable personalized treatment plan that will be tailored to your needs. This will increase exercises and other therapeutic modalities to aid your treatment and recovery process.
Your exercises will include in-home and clinical sessions. This will help enhance your hip mobility and strength. However, your physiotherapist will recommend the type of exercises that will be introduced. We urge patients to participate regularly and feel free to ask questions for better clarification and also give your therapist a proper understanding of your case.
According to research, it was concluded that joint mobilization practices could alleviate both short and long-term pains suffering from osteoarthritis. As treatment progresses and pain level decreases, you may be introduced to other advanced hip-strengthening exercises to further improve your hip’s optimal function.
Get your Hip functioning properly today at Instep Physical Therapy.
If you are experiencing slight or chronic pain around your hip, contact us today to book an appointment. Whether you live in downtown Edmonton or any of the surrounding communities, we can provide this therapeutic care for you.
Meet with our team of physiotherapists today and let them help you achieve that comfortable, stability, flexibility, and pain-free condition. Your hip will be excited you did.