Hips may not always get as much attention as knees, but their proper function is just as important for daily movement and routine tasks. When your hip is injured it can be quite frustrating as it may keep you from enjoying and participating in your regular activities. Here is an overview of the most common hip injuries that can affect individuals of all ages and all activity levels.
- Hip Bursitis – This is the swelling and inflammation of small, jelly like sacs around the hip joint called the bursae. These sacs help to protect the joint and reduce friction between moving tissues. When irritated, they can cause sharp pain and decreased mobility of the hip.
- Femoral Acetabular Impingement – When the two bones that make up the hip joint are not in optimal contact with each other, it can cause unwanted rubbing or pinching. This can prevent the joint from gliding and moving smoothly. Symptoms often include limited hip motion and pain in the hip and groin area.
- Muscle Strain – This is the most common of all hip injuries. A hip muscle can be injured by an unexpected fall, a sports injury, chronic overuse, or an awkward sudden movement. It may cause swelling or bruising, pain, and decreased strength of the hip.
Regardless of the type of injury, physiotherapy is an effective method to treat hip injuries and prevent them from reoccurring in the future. Physiotherapy can promote improved hip function through stretching, hands on techniques, strengthening exercises, as well as many others. If you think you’ve sustained a hip injury, book an appointment with one of our physiotherapists today.
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