Hip and thigh pain is a frequent complaint in all age groups, although the specific reason for the pain tends to be more ‘age related’ than any other joint.
In younger adults the pain is likely to be from activity, such as a muscle tear from playing sport. In people over 50 who are less active then it is not unusual to find that the pain is from osteoarthritis in the hip joint. Although it is common for us to see people who are seeking treatment for their hip pain across a variety of age groups.
Pain in the hip, groin, or thigh can be from a variety of sources, the two most likely being the musculature around the hip and thigh and the hip joint. However, pain can be referred to the hip from the back or further down the leg. Due to the hip being a hard-working weight bearing joint many of its common conditions are felt when standing or walking.
Frequent problems that occur in the hip are;
Greater Trochanter Pain Syndrome
This is a combination of a failure to heal or weakness in some of the muscles on the outside of the thigh, which can also involve the bursas around the thigh causing pain around the top of your thigh bone.
Hip Joint Osteoarthritis
Another very common problem that occurs in hips is osteoarthritis. The surface of the hip joint is covered by smooth hyaline cartilage, but because the hip joint is a weight bearing joint the cartilage eventually becomes thin and the bone below is exposed causing friction, inflammation and pain. Due to the problem being one of degeneration it tends to occur in people aged over 50. The risks can be increased by faulty loading of the hip joint due to poor biomechanics (possibly the influence of surrounding joints), obesity and previous injuries such as fractures to the pelvis or leg bones. In fact 80% of all hip osteoarthritis is secondary to such factors.
Muscle strains can also produce pain in the hip, such as the hamstrings and the adductors, which can produce referred pain into the groin and thigh making the source of the strain hard to identify. Usually these strains are as a result of activity such as sprinting or overloading the muscle over time.
Accurate diagnosis of hip and thigh pain is very important to helping resolve the pain and dysfunction as the treatments can vary widely. Our expert osteopaths are experienced in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of various types of hip problems. Not only can they decide on the most effective and proven treatment option for you, be it manual therapy, exercises, or lifestyle advice, they will also find out why the problem has occurred and give you advice on preventing it happening again.
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