Why does your hip hurt?

Why Does Your Hip Hurt?

Hip pain is a normal part of life that affects most people at some point. It can occur as the result of excessive physical activity or it may be something more serious. Either way, when hip pain is severe or lasts longer than a few days, you may need professional medical treatment.

Physical therapists are healthcare professionals who specialize in treatments for hip pain. They employ several methods and techniques that help reduce hip pain and improve range of motion. However, before treatment can begin, it’s important to understand what is causing the pain in the first place.

Reasons your hip may hurt

Hip pain has many different causes. Some of the most common causes of hip pain include:

  • Strains — Your hips are made up of muscles and tendons that work together to help the hip function properly. Strains are stretches and tears in these soft tissues that can cause pain and affect your ability to use your hip.

  • Arthritis — Arthritis is one of the leading causes of long-term hip pain. There are more than 100 types of arthritis, but the most common types are rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. The causes of these types of arthritis are different but their effect is the same: damaged cartilage of the joints.

  • Fracture — Hip fractures are sudden and severe injuries that usually occur after an impact from a fall or a collision. It’s important to treat hip fractures right away to regain use of your hip and avoid deformities and other complications.

  • Bursitis — The bursae are tiny sacs of fluid in the hips that help cushion the joint. Overuse and poor posture can cause inflammation in the bursae, which tends to be very painful.

Treating hip pain with physical therapy

Physical therapists use a variety of techniques for treating hip pain. Depending on the cause and severity of hip pain, treatment may include:

  • Stretches and exercises
  • Posture guidance
  • Hot and cold therapy
  • Hands-on therapy
  • Electrical stimulation
  • Post-surgical recovery

Visit Holland Physical Therapy for hip pain treatment

At Holland Physical Therapy, we treat all kinds of hip pain using noninvasive physical therapy techniques. Are you suffering from hip pain and looking for treatment? Contact our team today for more information or to schedule an initial appointment.