The hip is a ball and socket joint that joins the long bone of the leg to the pelvis. Acute hip pain is often a result of an injury whilst running, walking, playing sport or falling. The most common structures that may be affected in acute hip pain include the joint, capsule, ligaments and muscles. Hip pain may become chronic due to a muscle imbalance, altered biomechanics, osteoarthritis or poor post injury management.
Hip injuries can lead to pain, stiffness, weakness, reduced balance and poor gait, with an inability to perform your normal activities.
Physiotherapy can help by taking a precise history of the injury, examining the area thoroughly, obtaining a diagnosis and treating the problem. Physiotherapy treatment may involve hands on therapy, soft tissue work, stretch and strength exercises, taping and/or altering your walking/running technique.