The hip is a very complex joint. It is the main weight baring joint of the body and can impact everything from your feet to your finger tips. The hip joint is made up of many different structures including bone, cartilage, muscles and ligaments. It is a ball and socket joint, with a ball at the top of the thigh bone (femur) fitting into the cap (acetabulum) on the pelvis. The surfaces in the joint have cartilage that acts as a cushion to protect the bones when you put weight on your hip.
Hip pain can occur in all ages, from young children to the elderly. It can range from issues during birth and the growing process, to the wearing away of the cartilage with general wear and tear throughout the aging process. A thorough biomechanical assessment is essential for hip related pain as to differentiate whether the pain is coming from the hip itself, or referred from another region. It is very common for structures damaged in the hip to refer pain to other areas of the body AND/OR pain in the hip to be referred from an issue with another region of the body.
Hip pain can be the result of a traumatic or non-traumatic event. Your physiotherapist can assist by educating you about the pain causing structure specific to your injury and correct treatment procedures. It is very common that a stability program for the hip, pelvis and core region is required for your rehabilitation. Here at Phyxit, we pride ourselves on developing programs that address all aspects of the hip and surrounding joints, to ensure a holistic approach to your recovery. It is important that you process through this program to return to full function and prevent the injury from reoccurring. If required, our therapists can point you in the right direction for further imaging and referrals.
It is vital that your hip region is looked after correctly to continue living a happy, active (and functional!) lifestyle.