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Hip Pain

There are a number or reasons for hip pain some of which can be helped by visiting an osteopath.

Pain can come from a tight, strained or overused muscle in the hip or from the joint itself. Pain in the hip can sometimes be the result of an injury, it can be referred from the back or related to the way you move, stand and/or use your hip.

Pain from osteoarthritis or wear and tear in the hip joint is also very common, and arthritis in the hip can often refer pain into the groin and buttock area, and even the knee. Osteopaths can’t cure the arthritis and it depends on the severity of the wear and tear but treatment and advice from an osteopath can often help ease the symptoms and improve mobility.

Osteopaths can look at the patient as a whole, assess the way the hip moves in relationship to the pelvis and lower back and knees. Osteopaths are trained to be able to use a variety of techniques to strengthen and stretch the muscles, gently massage the hip muscles and stretch the hip joint to reduce tension and improve the mobility of the joint and work on the secondary problems like backache or knee pain.

Your Osteopath can advise you on what exercises you can do to help improve mobility and strengthen muscles.

X-rays, scans and other tests are sometimes required to make a diagnosis and your osteopath can discuss with you the reasons for referring you to your GP or a specialist for any additional investigations or treatment.

Useful links

Arthritis Research UK
Osteopathic Sports Care Association

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