Maintaining good hip and groin health and function is important for performing for daily activities. From walking or running to sitting or standing, hip and groin pain can have a profound effect on our lives. Treatment depends on the underlying cause and condition in the hip or groin. Some conditions include:
- Hip osteoarthritis: this common condition affects the cartilage in the hip joint. It can cause pain, stiffness, and reduced range of motion.
- Hip bursitis: inflammation of the bursa, which is a fluid-filled sac that helps cushion the hip joint, can cause pain and tenderness in the hip and groin.
- Hip labral tear: The labrum is a ring of cartilage that surrounds the hip socket. Irritation or injury to the labrum can cause pain in the hip and groin, as well as a clicking or locking sensation.
- Femoral acetabular impingement (FAI): FAI is a condition where there is abnormal contact between the head of the femur bone and the hip socket. This can cause pain in the hip and groin area.
- Tendinopathy or muscle strain: injury to the muscle surrounding the hip or groin or the tendons that insert at the joint can contribute to pain and issues with function. This may occur with injury or overuse.
How can physiotherapy help?
Physiotherapy involves assessing all the potential contributing factors for your hip and/or groin pain and can include;
- Strategies and treatment to reduce pain and inflammation
- Muscle retraining and motor contol
- Strengthening exercise program
- Manual therapy
- Activity modifications
- Education and advice