Patients often complain of hip, groin, or pelvic pain. Numerous factors can lead to hip pain, some of which an osteopath can effectively address:
Hip pain may originate in the back or from an injury when the muscles or ligaments have been overworked, strained, or sprained.
Hip osteoarthritis, which develops as a result of cartilage loss and a narrowing of the joint space. The patient may feel pain in their groin or running down their leg to their knee. By gently massaging the hip muscles, extending the hip joint to enhance mobility, and relieving secondary back issues, osteopathic treatment can often help reduce the symptoms of arthritis and prevent its progression. There will also be exercises and other guidance provided. A GP referral for MRI or X-ray scans and investigations may be necessary if suspected.
Groin strain – this condition is frequently related to exercises like jogging or breaststroke, which cause the psoas and adductor muscles (located on the inside of the leg) to become strained and inflamed. It is crucial to address such strains in order to avoid persistent shortening and the formation of scar tissue, which can result in hip joint wear and tear.
Hip bursitis is caused by excessive friction causing the bursae (small bags situated between bones, tendons, and muscles in the hip) to become inflamed and swollen. The patient frequently feels uncomfortable when lying on the affected side, and mornings are typically the worst for symptoms. Sometimes, you can observe redness on the hip’s side. Hip muscles would be released as part of the treatment, and exercises would be suggested.
Gynecological issues and urinary tract infections might refer pain to in the groin. Osteopaths can differentiate between these ailments and structural issues and can refer patients to a doctor when necessary. The groin ache should go away if the underlying issue is addressed.
Groin pain from a hernia might occur, especially when the patient coughs or lifts heavy objects. Part of the intestine protrudes through the abdominal wall in cases of inguinal or femoral hernias, causing a bulge in the groin region. If a problem is suspected, a GP referral would be necessary because it’s critical to find a solution to prevent damage to the bowel.
Patients with pubic symphysis disorder have pain and soreness at the joint edge where the pelvic bones connect in the center of the pubic area. Frequently, lowering your knees out will make it worse. This issue frequently affects pregnant and nursing women because the hormone relaxin causes ligamentous laxity. This issue also occurs in football players, dancers, and runners. To relieve pressure on the pubic joint, treatment tries to increase the mobility of the back, leg muscles, and hip and sacroiliac joints.
Snapping hip: When the psoas tendon, which runs from the front of the lumbar spine to the top of the thigh bone, and/or the iliotibial band, which runs down the outside of the thigh, flick over the bony prominence of the thigh bone, a clicking sound is produced. It is crucial to seek treatment to relax the muscle(s) since while this isn’t a concern in and of itself, it may eventually lead to hip bursitis.
Transient synovitis, which results in inflammation of the hip capsule. Around the hip’s side, pain is felt most frequently at night and in the morning. Weight-bearing on the affected side makes it worse. Increased lymphatic drainage and reduced inflammation are the focuses of osteopathic treatment.
Pinched hip capsule – When you put weight on the afflicted side, you may experience a sharp, short-term hip ache. The joint’s two bony surfaces pinching the capsule is the cause of this issue. The condition can be prevented, and the likelihood of recurrence decreases with treatment.
Treatment for common conditions includes:
How Prime health Hub’s Osteopath Treat?
Depending on your age, level of fitness, and diagnosis, osteopaths can employ a variety of gentle manipulations to loosen up tight hip muscles and enhance hip joint movement. To relieve stress, we may gently manage the neck to move the joints, which may cause a “click” sound. We may also rhythmically “rock” the joints.
Every person responds to treatment differently, and it occasionally includes treating the knees and ankle in addition to other places like the back and shoulders.
We may offer guidance on how to stand at work or in the car, as well as suggestions for stretching and exercise in order to maintain your hip joint and muscles relaxed.
X-rays, scans, and other tests may be necessary to determine a diagnosis; in such cases, your osteopath may refer you to your GP or a specialist for further testing or scans.