If you are experiencing hip pain, just know that you are not alone. Each year, many people undergo hip replacement surgeries and endure everyday pain that impedes their daily activities. From causes such as injury, overuse, and osteoarthritis the pain that you endure from these conditions can make tasks like walking and standing difficult and uncomfortable.
What is Hip Pain?
Hip pain is a common condition that can occur at any age. It can be caused by many factors, including injury, overuse, and age-related conditions such as osteoarthritis. Hip pain can occur on the inside, outside, or front of the hip joint. It can also radiate to the thigh, knee, or buttocks.
Common Causes of Hip Pain
Our team at MK Osteopathy seeks to understand the root cause of your hip pain so that we can address it, alleviate it, and help you return to normal. To learn more about some of the causes of hip pain, take a look at the list below.
Osteoarthritis: A degenerative joint disease that occurs due to the breakdown of the cartilage between the bones.
Bursitis: Specifically, a medical condition in which the bursae, a fluid-filled sac around the bone, becomes regularly inflamed. Therefore, causing pain, tenderness, and possibility of stiffness in the hip joint.
Tendinitis: An inflammatory condition that occurs when the tendons that attach muscles to bones become inflamed.
Hip Fracture: A fracture in the hip bone can be a serious injury that causes intense, severe pain. It largely occurs when an individual has fallen or received a direct blow during the hip. In addition, a hip fracture can be life-threatening if there is a dislocation involved
Muscles imbalance: Poor muscle activation can predispose the hip to more stress.
Tips to Alleviate Hip Pain
If you are looking to alleviate your hip pain, not only do we have strategies and techniques to help you here at MK Osteopathy, but there are also independent methods that you can take advantage of while at home. Let’s take a look at a few below.
Rest is the quintessential strategy when it comes to managing hip pain. It is advised to avoid those activities which cause pain and discomfort.
When combined with rest, ice and heat therapy can help reduce pain and inflammation in the hip joint. Alternate applying an ice pack or a warm compress to the affected area for 15-20 minutes on and off. Try both and use the one that works better for you.
Rehab exercises, consisting of our osteopathic techniques, can help relieve hip pain by helping to create better muscular balance and load tolerance, around muscle of the hip joint and lower extremity in addition to helping with flexibility and range of motion (ROM).
Consulting a doctor and ensuring that your weight falls within the adequate guidelines can reduce the stress on your hip joint and alleviate pain further.