Hip & Back Pain

Pain in your hips or lower back during and after activity.

Hip pain

Hip pain can make it difficult to walk, go up and down stairs and slopes, squat, or even sleep on the side that hurts.

Often people describe themselves as having hip pain where in fact their pain is located around the sides of the pelvis or spine. Pain in the actual hip joint itself is usually felt in the region of the groin.

The hip is the largest ball-and-socket joint in the body. The thigh bone (femur) fits tightly into a cup-shaped socket (acetabulum) in the pelvis.

The hip joint is held together by muscles in the buttocks, groin, and spine; tendons; ligaments and a joint capsule. The largest nerve in the body (sciatic nerve) passes through the pelvis into the leg. With all these structures surrounding the hip it is understandable that there may be some confusion about the cause of pain.

As with any pain the most important starting place is obtaining a confirmed diagnosis from an experienced health professional. Any pain of sudden and severe onset must be investigated urgently by your podiatrist, doctor, or suitably qualified health professional.

Once the cause of your hip pain has been ascertained then a management plan can be implemented.

Formthotics can help relieve the symptoms of hip pain and reduce falls risk

If your hip pain is related to how you function during activity, a leg length discrepancy or biomechanical imbalance then foot orthoses, in conjunction with an exercise programme may form part of your management plan.

In cases where postural instability and an increased risk of falling and sustaining a hip fracture are evident it may be that full contact foot orthoses, in conjunction with suitable footwear and other safety measures may be implemented.

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