Hip Pain

Written by Debby Mar 10 2014


Hip Pain

The hip is a ball and socket joint that helps you move your legs through every day activities such as walking and going up and down stairs. It has a good range of movement, is very stable and rarely dislocates. The ball of the joint which is at the top of the thigh bone (femur) is called the femoral head and the socket, created by the hollow in your pelvis, is known as the acetabulum. Like all joints, it is surrounded by a fibrous capsule which helps to hold the bone together. The capsule is lined with synovium which produces a fluid called synovium fluid. This fluid nourishes the cartilage and lubricates the joint. The hip joint is moved by a number of muscles which allow you to rotate your hip and walk.

What causes hip pain?

Most hip pain has a simple explanation, for example if you have overdone it while exercising. The pain is usually caused by strained or inflamed soft tissue such and usually clears up in a few days. Pain from the hip joint can be felt in the groin, down the front of the leg and sometimes, in the knee. Hip pain may also be felt in the buttock or on the outside of the hip.

Specific hip conditions

Some specific conditions that effect the hip include:

  • Osteoarthritis – This is one of the most common causes of hip pain in adults and may be associated with previous injury or childhood hip problems, although not necessarily. It can cause restricted movement, pain and a limp making mobility difficult.
  • Hip fracture – If you have had a fall which resulted in hip pain you should seek medical advice immediately as fractures are common around the hip, particularly as we get older or if there is a history of osteoporosis.
  • Referred back pain – Pain caused by a problem with the lower back may be felt over the outer side of the hip joint and sometimes in the front of the hip. If scans of the hip are normal then symptoms may be referred pain from the lower back.
  • Trochanteric bursitis – Bursae are small pouches lined with a synovial membrane. They occur where parts of the body move over one another, eg where tendons and ligaments pass over bones, to help reduce friction. If you have tenderness over a bony part of your hip you may have an inflammation of the bursa, known as bursitis.
  • Osteopathy for hip pain

    There is a large amount of musculature around the hip and pelvic region and unless the ball and socket have reached a stage where they need replacing, there is much our osteopaths can do to correctly diagnose and treat hip pain. The pelvis may become ‘stuck’ out of position and identifying this is a key element to restoring pain free function. The soft tissue articulation techniques our osteopaths use, provide considerable relief, both mentally and physically. We are also expert at identifying causes of hip and pelvic problems and many people who thought they needed a hip replacement have subsequently found what they needed was an Osteopath.

    So, if you would like to book an appointment to see an Osteopathy in Chinnor, call The Luxton Clinic on 01844 352200

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