In my work as an osteopath, I often come across patients who aren’t too sure what classifies as hip pain nor how the hip joint links in with the rest of the body. I have a special interest in pain around the hip region as I have experienced this myself so I wanted to share a brief snap shot about hip pain with you! – Rachel (osteopath)
In this blog we’ll cover the following
Hip region pain may be felt in a few different areas, the most common being the lateral part of our hip (the outside or ‘pocket area’), posterior glute (mid buttock) or anterior (the front). A hip injury can also produce pain elsewhere in the body. So, just because you are feeling the pain in one of the above areas, does not always mean that the injury is actually coming from that location! Confusing hey!?!
There are many reasons for this, but one of the most common is known as referral pain. Referred pain is ‘pain perceived at a location other than the site of the painful stimulus/origin’ and this is often related to the two areas having the same nerve supply and the brain getting a little mixed up about its origin.
Areas of the body that may refer to the hip:
Areas of the body that a hip injury may refer to:
As you can see, the hip joint is not so simple after all!
Common hip complaints treated by osteopaths are:
The hip is a complex joint, working within a complex body! Rehabilitating an injured hip requires a lot of care and thought to find the balance between managing your pain levels and correctly loading the tissues around the joint to improve function.
With so many factors involved in the hip joint, it’s important that you have the right diagnosis in order to receive the right treatment plan for your injury. As osteopaths, we are trained in detailed history taking and physical assessment in order to accurately diagnose and injury and help you become pain free and achieve your goals, whatever they may be!
If you have pain in or around the hip, seeing an osteopath is a great place to start to help you identify where the pain is coming from and what you can do about it! At Cranbourne Osteopathy, this is the type of care we strive to give. We make sure our approach is patient centred and aims to help you get back to where you want to be! If you think we might be able to help you then jump online to book an appointment or give us a call on 8790 0136.
I hope to see you in the clinic soon! Rachel – Osteopath at Cranbourne Osteopathy