The hip and pelvis region of the body is extremely complex, with many intersecting muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joints all influencing one another. Pain in the hips can be quite common and may be caused by several reasons. The precise location of hip pain is important to understanding the underlying cause and the most effective course of treatment.
Hip joint problems usually cause pain on the inside of the hip or in the groin. Hip pain on the outside of the hip, upper thigh, or buttocks is typically caused by issues with the muscles, ligaments, tendons, and other soft tissues that surround the hip joint.
Hip pain may sometimes be caused by conditions in other parts of the body, such as the lower back which may lead to referred pain to the hip.
Common cause of hip pain include:
How We Treat
Before any treatment can begin, the primary goal is to identify the source of the hip pain. To better understand the impact of hip pain, a detailed case history and lifestyle review will be performed. This is followed by a physical examination of the hip complex and will also likely include the spines, pelvis, knees, and feet. The issue will then be explained, along with the available treatment options. Osteopathy, acupuncture, or rehabilitation exercises may be included as part of your treatment plan.
Where treatment is not possible, other options will be discussed and any appropriate referrals may be made with your consent.