The treatments our clinicians recommend for hip pain will depend on the underlying cause and diagnosis.
What are some of the most common hip conditions that we see at Acer House Practice, and how can we support your recovery?
Hip Pain Caused by Bursa Inflammation
Hip pain originating from inflammation of the hip bursa is known as trochanteric bursitis.
Bursas are fluid-filled sacs located near joints to provide cushioning and reduce friction. In the case of trochanteric bursitis, the inflammation occurs at the outer prominence of the hip bone, the greater trochanter.
If your hip bursa becomes irritated or inflamed, you will experience pain, and the hip itself may even feel slightly warm to the touch.
Often, the underlying tendons (particularly the gluteus medius) are also affected, and any changes to the tendon are termed gluteal tendinopathy (previously ‘tendinitis’). The combined involvement of bursa and tendons have led some clinicans to prefer the more generic diagnosis of ‘greater trochanteric pain syndrome’ (GTPS) which, fortunately, typically responds well to treatment.
The pain is most often aggravated by lying on the hip at night and you may also be uncomfortable if you are sitting crossed-legged, or during various other activities such as walking up and down stairs. Identifying the underlying cause of the condition is paramount to your successful recovery, as is assessing the contribution from other body regions such as the lumbar spine.
What is Hip Arthritis?
Hip osteoarthritis arises when joint surfaces become rough and irregular due to cartilage wear and potentially bony growths called osteophytes. This degeneration can affect any joint, including the shoulder, hip, and knee.
Arthritis is classified into four stages: minor, mild, moderate, and severe.
In the minor, mild, and moderate stages of hip arthritis, most of the pain originates from the soft tissues surrounding the joint, primarily the hip joint in this instance.
In severe cases, where there is bone-on-bone contact, hip replacement surgery is likely to be considered.
Treatment Options for Hip Pain
The treatment we recommend for hip pain depends on the underlying cause and diagnosis.
While GTPS and hip arthritis are the most common conditions that we treat at Acer House Practice there are numerous other conditions that can cause hip pain. The first step, therefore, is to accurately diagnose your problem and identify the cause of it.
- Manual therapy to ease the surrounding muscle tension and discomfort, as well as articulation techniques to enhance joint mobility of the hip and surrounding structures such as the lumbar spine or knee
- Rehabilitation exercises, potentially supported by our specialist rehabilitation suite, to improve flexibility and strength
- Self-help exercises such as activity modification or icing of the region to reduce pain and anti-inflammatory medication (prescribed by our private consultant doctor or we will write to your GP)
Additional Treatment Options
If you are experiencing chronic hip pain, we may recommend and engage other members of our multi-disciplinary team to you, to provide a comprehensive and integrated treatment plan for your condition or injury. For example, our podiatrist might carry out a gait analysis to see if your foot and lower limb are contributing to your problem.
If further investigation is warranted, your practitioner may refer you for scans or to a specialist consultant, through our trusted affiliations with leading external medical professionals.
Please note, however, that the above is not an exhaustive list of treatment options, and we may recommend other therapies based on your individual needs.
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