The joint which makes the hip is designed to withstand repeated motion, however, the joint is not indestructible, and it can become injured or inflamed. Hip pain tends to become more common with age, and it's also more common among people who stand for long periods of time, men and women who are overweight, and those who perform a great deal of heavy lifting. Pain can be caused by many factors including:
Depending on what is causes the problem, discomfort can be felt in the:
Pain may also worsen when the person is active, especially when it is caused by arthritis. When the pain is persistent, some people can have a reduced range of motion and some may even limp. If patients experience any swelling or deformity in the hip joint or if the pain is more intense when putting weight or pressure on the leg, make an appointment for an assessment to start treatment as soon as possible to restore full mobility.
Determining the cause of your hip pain will begin with a complete personal and family medical history and an examination of the hip. This may include simple exercises to determine what types of movements cause the pain to occur. When the problem is caused by arthritis or a muscle or tendon strain, exercising the joint can relieve discomfort. Conditioning exercises used by the physical therapist will be low-impact and focus on stretching and resistance training. Many doctors suggest using a pool to exercise the buoyancy of the water reduces the pressure put on the joints. Physical therapy improves the range of motion in the hip joint. If surgery is needed to correct the problem, a physical therapist can work with patients after surgery to help restore or maintain muscle strength and flexibility in the joint.