When Should You Worry About Hip or Groin Pain?

When Should You Worry About Hip or Groin Pain?

Hip Pain

Hip pain or injury can affect your life in so many different ways. Whether it be a dull buttock ache, painful standing or walking, difficulty rolling in bed or sleeping on your side, hip and groin pain is common and frustrating.

There are numerous causes of hip and groin pain. Luckily, most shoulder pain and discomfort is only mild. It’s usually a simple problem and quick solution in the majority of cases.

The Older Hip

If you are in the older population group, you will be more vulnerable to age-related hip issues such as hip arthritistrochanteric bursitis and GTPS (Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome). Functional limitations could include simply walking, sit to stand, single-leg standing, stairs or even sleeping in severe cases.

Hip pain can also be associated with reduced balance. A thorough balance assessment may be required to predict fall risk. Your physiotherapist may prescribe Falls prevention exercises to address any individual deficits. They may even advise you to utilise a walking assistance device such as a walking stick, crutches or a walking frame.

The Sporting Hip

Younger sports-related hip issues may come on after prolonged running, jumping or landing activities. Specific sporting hip conditions should be discussed and thoroughly assessed by your hip physiotherapist. Biomechanical deficits and subtle hip weakness that may only show on a slow-motion video are just two of the potential causes of sporting hip injuries.

Groin Pain

Groin pain is one of the most common symptoms associated with hip joint pathologies such as hip osteoarthritis and hip labral injury. Many other causes of groin pain need to be excluded by a health professional.

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Only after a thorough hip assessment will your hip pain be effectively rehabilitated to relieve your current hip pain and joint dysfunction, plus prevent the return of any future hip pain.

Hip Pain Assessment

For specific advice regarding your hip pain, please seek a hip physiotherapist or healthcare practitioner who has a particular interest in hip pain and related injuries.

Some sources of hip pain can be serious.   It is crucial to make an accurate diagnosis of the cause of your hip or groin pain so that your physiotherapist or doctor can direct appropriate treatment at the reason.

Fortunately, most hip and groin pain is not severe. Once we exclude any nasties, you can quickly relieve your hip or groin pain and get back to a comfortable and fun life!

Would you please consult your physiotherapist or doctor for the most accurate diagnosis and best treatment for your hip and groin pain?

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Hip Pain Treatment

A thorough analysis of WHY you are suffering hip pain from a movement, posture, or a control aspect, is vital to solving your hip pain.

Only an accurate diagnosis of the source of your hip pain can solve the pain, quickly improve your day to day function, prevent a future recurrence,  or improve your athletic performance.

The first choice of short-term therapy has been symptomatic hip treatment. This approach could include local chemical modalities such as cortisone injections or painkillers. Ice or heat could also assist along with some gentle stretching or exercise.

However, persisting hip problems will require additional investigations to assess your joint integrity or range of motion, muscle length, strength, endurance, power, contraction timing and dynamic stability control.

You should consult a healthcare practitioner who has a particular interest in hip pain and injury management to thoroughly assess your hip, groin, pelvis, lower limb and spine. Due to the kinetic chain, they all impact, especially at the high athletic performance end. A quality practitioner will educate you on your condition and combine it with exercise and manual therapy as per the Clinical Practice Guidelines. (Cibulka et al., 2017) Hip pain education should also include teaching you specific activity modification, individualised exercises, weight-loss advice (if required), and methods to unload any arthritic joints.

Recent research evidence-backed approaches have modernised physiotherapy treatment approaches to effectively managing hip pain. Together with a thorough hip assessment, your hip treatment can progress quickly to restore you to a pain-free hip and perform your regular sport or daily activities in the shortest time possible.

For specific rehabilitation advice regarding your hip pain, seek the professional advice of high quality and up-to-date physiotherapists experienced in the assessment, treatment, prevention and optimisation of hip pain and related conditions. After assessing you, they will individually prescribe therapeutic activities based on your specific needs for daily living, values, and functional activities or point you in the direction of the most suitable healthcare practitioner for you and your hip condition.

Hip Pain Treatment Options

Your hip physiotherapist may consider an extensive range of treatment options, including manual joint therapy to improve your joint mobility, muscle stretches or supportive taping. Your physiotherapist is also likely to add strengthening and hip joint control exercises as they deem appropriate for your specific functional and sporting needs. Please consult with them for advice.

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