"Hip pain" is a common and confusing symptom as there are many causes. It is important to make an accurate diagnosis of the cause so as to choose the appropriate treatment. Actual hip joint pathology involves pain in or around the hip joint, and is typically felt directly over the groin area. Similarly, pain in the hip may actually reflect a problem in your back.
Common Causes of Hip Pain:
- Arthritis hip pain from degeneration
- Bursitis hip pain from overuse or injury
- Tendonitis from repetitive or strenuous activity
- Strain or sprain of muscles and that attach to the groin area
- Low-back strain
Pelvic and groin pain are also common and have many causes. For women, pelvic pain may originate in gynecologic areas (cervix, uterus, or ovaries). In men, groin pain may originate in the testes or scrotum. Sometimes the cause is unknown. Disorders that can cause pelvic pain and groin pain may be:
- nerve related
- activity related (intense or prolonged activities such as cycling or running)
Hip pain and Pelvic pain relief therapy:
- the spine must rest on the pelvis in a way that allows the hips to glide easily in their sockets when the legs move
- the hip is a ball and socket joint that must attach to the pelvis in a very particular way for the legs to work well
- the spine, hips, and legs must function as a system or the muscles in the pelvic and groin areas can be stressed
- stressed pelvic and groin muscles can result in chronic pain
My approach to your pelvic, groin and hip pain is systematic. Inefficient and ineffective interactions between related parts of the body cause strain on the entire system. For example, by contributing to an altered position of the pelvis and hip, a rigid ankle or old knee injury could be the cause of hip pain. I examine how well your body is organized to find the source of the pain, so that functional relationships can be restored.
Because the hip and pelvis are so vital to the proper functioning of the rest of the musculoskeletal system, you will receive therapy that involves the whole body, including exercises. The goals are to optimize the function of the hips and pelvis as they relate to the upper and lower body, and to prevent your injury from returning.
My approach to treating the causes of your pain allows a fast and effective course of treatment. Many patients report substantial relief after their first one-hour session! The duration of treatment and number of visits will, of course, vary depending on your particular issues.