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The Hip joint is one of the most important joints in the body. Hip pain can stem from a number of different problems.

The hip joint is the largest ball and socket joint in the body and is formed between the pelvis and the head of the femur. It is surrounded by stabilising ligaments, nerves and strong muscle groups. The main function of the hip is to weight bear and to support the weight of the body in both static and dynamic postures. In order to maintain a well-functioning healthy hip, it is important that the surrounding muscles are strong and function in the correct manner.


Common Problems

Hip problems occur in all age groups, from new born babies to old age.

Babies may be born with congenital hip problems and are treated by paediatric physiotherapists and orthopaedic specialists.

The adolescent and sports person may suffer injuries such as tendonitis, bursitis, muscle and ligament strains, or a bony fracture. Treatment may involve a biomechanical assessment to see how you move and if your alignment is correct. Your physiotherapist may also need to examine your knee and foot relative to your hip injury. Footwear and sports shoes may also need review and advice given where appropriate.

Older people are at risk of hip fracture. Bone health may be poor and balance and strength may need to be addressed. Therefore it is important to maintain a good regime of exercise and mobility and strength to reduce this risk. Many non-traumatic hip replacements are seen pre-operatively by a physiotherapist for an exercise programme to facilitate optimum recovery post-surgery.

Diet in conjunction with exercise is an important consideration as many people are deficient in Vitamin D and calcium, leading to osteoporosis.


What to expect when you visit a Chartered Physiotherapist?

Your physiotherapist will carry out an in-depth examination of your hip problem and may assess other aspects of your lifestyle which may be a contributing factor. An individual programme will be devised for you and a follow-up appointment to monitor your progress.



The content on this page is provided for general information purposes only and is not meant to replace a physiotherapy or medical consultation.

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