The hip is a ball and socket joint, where the thigh bone (femur) fits within a hollowing of the pelvis called the acetabulum. A network of muscles and tendons help to provide forces, which stabilize the hip joint. Pain in the hip and leg may occur because of imbalances in the strength and flexibility of muscles in the pelvis, trunk, and leg. Problems in the lower back or lower leg can also affect the hip joint.Our therapists treat a variety of hip injuries including:
- Degenerative Joint Disease: Degeneration of the cartilage lining the ball and socket of the hip joint, resulting in hip and groin pain
- Total Hip Replacement: The ball and socket of the hip joint are surgically replaced due to advanced degenerative joint disease
- Bursitis: Inflammation of the bursa sac (shock absorbing soft tissue sac) at the lateral (outside of the) hip. Pain is usually localized to the lateral hip and point tender.
- Iliotibial Band Syndrome: Often occurring with bursitis, the band of tissue running along the outside of the hip becomes too tight. The band will often snap over the outside portion of the hip bone, causing irritation.
- Groin strain (Adductor strain): A strain or tear of the tissue along the inner thigh.
- Hamstring Strain: A strain or tear of the muscle along the back of the thigh.
- Hip fracture: Broken hip usually associated with osteoporosis, falls, and trauma, most always requiring reparative surgery or replacement.
Our therapists aim to treat injuries to, and pain in, the hip or leg by:
- Reducing symptoms through modalities, exercise, and manual techniques
- Evaluating and treating the source of the problem, including specific muscular tightness or weakness in the low back, lower extremities, and core, abnormal foot mechanics, or abnormal movements caused by patients’ work, sport, or lifestyle
- Providing each patient with an individualized home exercise program to prevent re occurrence of the hip/leg problem