Causes of hip pain
The hips are strong weight bearing ball-and-socket joints. They have a put up with an awful lot of impact through our walking, running, jumping and exercise, especially weight lifting.
Pain can come from a variety of causes. Muscular tension is the one we see most frequently in the Wokingham Osteopaths & Massage clinic, especially with the number of patients we treat who are working from home. If your muscles aren’t stretched on a regular basis when placed into a shorten position they contract to adopt the position in which you place yourself most regularly.
Hip pain can also be caused by referral from the lower back where the nerves running down the back of the leg can have pressure placed upon them, or posterior hip muscles can guard against a traumatic injury and reduce hip mobility as well as cause discomfort. If the pain being experienced is a sharp shooting pain down the back of the hip into the thigh there’s a chance it may be Sciatica, which is a symptom of nerve compression and not a condition.
Hip conditions can also be a symptom of knee issues, whereby the hip muscles contract, causing tension and strain the muscles which also affect the knees.
In the Wokingham Osteopaths & Massage clinic we have seen patients with hip pain from many different causes; from arthritic and degenerative hips to spasms from kicking a football against a wall for 4 hours straight.
Hip joint health can be maintained by regular stretching of the lower back and hip muscles, not sitting in one position for too long especially if you are a desk worker, regular exercise and massage.
Symptoms of hip pain
- Hip muscle stiffness
- Pain running into one or both hips
- Discomfort weight bearing on one or both leg
- Gluteal pain
How Wokingham Osteopaths & Massage can help your hip pain
When you call the clinic, you’ll be in contact with one of our osteopaths and we will try to match you to the best suited therapist to treat your condition.
After discussing your case history, going through a physical examination and taking into account which of the above factors may be playing a role in your current condition, your therapist will discuss their findings (and diagnosis if applicable) with you before treatment.
The majority of our therapists utilise a combination of gentle massage, articulation, stretches and manipulation (if clinically justified) in order to relieve our patients of hip pain.
For more information about the therapist with whom you would be best suited to have an appointment, please call us on 0118 380 0385 or click the green WhatsApp button below.