Pain is a challenging problem. While pain is unpleasant, we need it because a new pain informs us when something is not right with our bodies. This is definitely true of hip pain. If you have been suffering with hip pain causing any limping or difficulties performing routine tasks, we can help.
Step 1 – Hip Pain Diagnosis
If your hip pain has been holding you back, it is highly recommended to seek out medical advice. Our Sport Medicine Doctors can help diagnose your issue. A diagnosis can also be made by a physiotherapist or chiropractor– It may be quicker to organize an appointment with one of these team members. They can help determine the cause of your pain and provide treatment prior to your appointment with the doctor.
The medical professional you choose to see will evaluate how your hip joint moves and different movement patterns to determine the cause of pain. Some hip problems, while they can be diagnosed by physical exam may need imaging tests to determine how much change or injury is present. Our chiropractors can order x -rays – these will help determine if there are any issues with the bones of the joint. Soft tissue injuries or problems inside the hip joint may need an ultrasound or MRI and our Sport Medicine doctors will determine and arrange for these tests if needed.
An example of a common hip diagnosis and its symptoms are below:
Patients commonly report discomfort while standing, walking or crossing their legs. Symptoms progress gradually over time with pain occurring more frequently despite a decrease in activity. There may even be pain lying on the sore hip at night. This is evidence of disease progression. Osteoarthritis occurs more often in individuals over 50. The clinical history of a patient is very important with OA: If there is any history of significant hip trauma that damaged the joint, that individual can be predisposed to degenerative arthritic changes over the course of their lifetime.
Symptoms and Observations:
Patients will experience pain while walking or lifting their leg to put on socks. Often people suffering from Osteoarthritis will start moving with an improper gait to avoid pain, in an effort to minimize pain time spent weight bearing on the painful side. As degeneration progresses, movement and range of motion of the affected leg will become limited.
What Causes Hip Pain?
Hip pain can have many causes. Not all are in the hip joint:
- Arthritis in the hips
- Injury or trauma to the joint
- Injuries to the muscles supporting the hip, back, and legs
- Fractures in the bones after a very hard fall.
If you’re having ongoing hip pain, seek out a formal diagnosis by a medical health professional. At LiveActive Sport Medicine, we would recommend starting with a diagnosis from one of our sport medicine doctors followed by a chiropractor or physiotherapist appointment for treatment.
How Can Treatment Help?
Physiotherapists and chiropractors will begin assessing the root causes of the pain. If a sport medicine doctor has diagnosed the injury, the physio or chiro will isolate tests for that particular injury. Once the pain’s cause is determined, the therapist can begin attacking the problem on three fronts: pain control, rehabilitation, and prevention.
Everyone experiences pain differently. Physiotherapists and chiropractors have the skill set to determine what combination of hands on manual therapy and the use modalities is effective for each patient. Medications or injections may be suggested for some patients. Talk to your doctor about how to best manage your pain.
Therapists will work on increasing range of motion and enforcing proper movement mechanics. Patients should receive a combination of hands on manual therapy and the initial progressions of exercise as deemed appropriate. The strengthening and mobility exercises prescribed are geared towards appropriate muscle activation and should be progressed to restore strength.
Upon completion of the rehabilitation plan, coordinated by the physio or chiro, it is recommended to continue strengthening the affected area to help prevent another injury from occurring. If monthly or bi-monthly follow ups are possible, it is a great way to progress your prehab (preventative rehabilitation) exercises and correct any movement mechanics.
Hip Pain Shouldn’t Hold You Back
If you’re being held back by hip pain, go see your sport medicine doctor, physiotherapist, or chiropractor and they can help get you back to the activities you love.