Hip Pain Physical Therapy

Hip Joint

The hip joint is a ball and socket joint like the shoulder, but has far greater stability that comes with a compromised mobility. The head of the femur articulates in the socket of the pelvic bone and permits motion in all the three cardinal planes. Being a weight bearing joint, this too is susceptible to wear and tear as well as injuries.

Causes of Hip Pain

  • Fall/Trauma leading to fractures
  • Bursitis
  • Tendonitis
  • Arthritis
  • Sporting injuries causing labral tears
  • Aging
  • Muscle imbalance and overuse causing strains

Commonly Seen Painful Hip Conditions

  • Trochanteric bursitis
  • Femoroacetabular Impingement-FAI
  • Gluteal and Iliopsoas tendonitis
  • Snapping psoas
  • Gluteus medius weakness
  • Osteoarthritis


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Symptoms of hip joint pathology

  • Pain
  • Difficulty with walking or climbing stairs or rising up from a seated position
  • Swelling/ ecchymosis
  • Snapping
  • Decreased range of motion

Physical Therapy management and hip pain relief

  • Strengthening the muscles of pelvic floor, trunk, and lower extremities
  • Promoting proper movement patterns during walking or sporting activities
  • RICE
  • Pain control

When to see a doctor

  • Trauma
  • Sudden increase in pain, swelling or presence of deformity
  • Inability to bear weight
  • Hip pain associated with fever

Tips for reducing hip pain

  • Maintain good alignment/posture while sitting
  • Use a firm sitting surface
  • Avoid crossing legs for even weight distribution
  • Take frequent breaks/avoid prolonged sitting

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