Our experience in treating hip pain for over 20 years makes us experts
Conditions we treat include:
Discussion of your symptoms and a thorough examination is usually enough to diagnose hip pain and begin treatment. Sometimes referral for x-ray examination or MRI scan is useful to aid diagnosis and infrequently it is needed to rule out conditions such as avascular necrosis, tumor, Legg-Calve-Perthes disease which require immediate medical attention.
We have many treatment approaches, for example, manipulation of joints and muscles, K-Laser, dry needling, exercise and lifestyle advice, meaning we can choose the right ones for each person depending on their needs and wishes. Our overall aim is to accelerate recovery, reduce spasm and tension in muscles, restore movement to restricted joints, reduce any inflammation or swelling, free trapped nerves and strengthen to help avoid further recurrence.
Common causes of hip pain
Hip Impingement or Femeroacetabular Impingement
Hip impingement occurs when the ball (the head of the femur) and/or the socket (acetabulum) grow into an abnormal shape. This can cause a painful pinching and sometimes clicking sensation and reduced movement at the hip.
Osteoarthritis of the Hip
Also known as wear and tear. The main symptoms are pain and stiffness, especially in the morning. The pain is typically in the groin and sometimes also in the buttock and knee. It usually develops over a long period. Walking and bending forward to put on socks and tie shoelaces becomes increasingly difficult.
Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome
This was previously called trochanteric bursitis. You feel the pain on the side of your hip. It can be too painful to lie on your side and the pain tends to be worse going up stairs or with walking and sports activities.
Spasm in the piriformis muscle, in the buttock, can trap the sciatic nerve as it travels through this muscle, causing buttock and leg pain, similar to sciatica. Numbness and tingling in the leg and foot may also occur.
Myofascial Pain Syndrome
Myofascial pain is caused by trigger points. A trigger point is a knot of contracted muscle that lies within a taut band of muscle. Trigger points in the gluteal muscles of the buttocks can cause hip pain. This sometimes refers into the leg.
Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction
The restriction of the sacroiliac joint’s movement causes pain at the back of the pelvis, typically on one side, that may also be felt in the low back and buttocks. Some people experience a buckling sensation as if their back will give way and not be able to support them. It is often difficult to weight-bear on the involved side.
Transient Synovitis; Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis; Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
These are hip conditions of childhood and adolescence. If suspected, we will make an immediate medical referral.