Have you ever had a problem with hip pain? Some causes of hip pain include pinched nerves, arthritis and injuries. It can sometimes be caused by a more serious disease like cancer. Hip pain is also one of the most common complaints of people these days.
This particular type of pain can sometimes be caused by conditions from other areas of your body, such as the lower back or the knees which is called ‘referred pain’. There are times when this can be controlled without additional help from a physiotherapist but in many cases this complaint can be helped using physiotherapy.
Physical Therapy for Hip Pain
The hip is a ball and socket joint consisting of the thigh (femur) and the pelvis. There are many ligaments that support the bones, which provide considerable stability to the joint. Numerous muscles also attach around the hip to help move the joint.
Hip pain can be caused by many factors. Often, you may start feeling hip pain for no apparent reason. Sometimes recreation or sports puts repetitive strain on the hip causing pain.
Because the hip is a major weight bearing joint, arthritis of the hip is a common problem. The hip is responsible for such functional activities as walking, running, rising from sitting, and climbing stairs. Pain in the hip can limit these activities. Read more…
Physical therapy will require follow up visits, so you need to have patience while you are on a treatment plan. Your physiotherapist will very likely give you some exercises to strengthen affected areas. Here are some exercises to help you strengthen your hips and knees.
Exercise for stronger knees and hips
Exercise is more than just a good health habit; it’s also a specific and effective treatment for many knee and hip problems. Strength in the muscles around a damaged knee or hip can help support that joint by taking over some of its responsibilities.
For example, your hips have to do less work to support your body weight if your quadriceps, gluteals, hamstrings, and abdominal muscles are stronger. A strong quadriceps can take over the shock-absorbing role usually played by the meniscus or cartilage in the knee.
The proper balance of strength in the muscles can hold the joint in the most functional and least painful position. With any knee or hip problem, the first muscles to lose strength are the largest antigravity muscles, the quadriceps and gluteals, so an exercise plan for any injury is likely to focus on these. See more…
Below are some further examples of exercises you can carry out in the comfort of your own home to help stretch and relieve any hip or knee pain.
As mentioned earlier, hip pain can be controlled and treated at home but always remember to take note of the pain. If pain still persists then it is time to seek some advice from a health care professional.