STRUGGLING WITH HIP PAIN?

Your hip is a strong, ball-and-socket joint connecting the long bone of your thigh to your pelvis. Without its unique design, you wouldn’t be able to twist and bend, cross your legs, or curl up in an easy chair.

Like all your joints, the hip receives its fair share of use and abuse, so it isn’t any wonder that things go wrong. Even though athletes commonly complain of hip pain, you don’t have to be a gymnast, dancer, or even a runner to feel an occasional ache.

Some of the more common causes of hip pain are Trochanteric bursitis, clicking/snapping hip, a labral tear and osteoarthritis. Click on the links to the left to find out more.

Dealing with Hip Pain

Hip pain can usually be easily managed by you, at home. Simply reducing or stopping the activity that has caused the pain can make an enormous difference.

Painkillers such as paracetemol can also be used to help manage the symptoms, but you should always consult your GP or pharmacist if you need to take them for a prolonged period

Click on the relevant condition using the links on the left, to find out more about dealing with hip pain.

You may be diagnosed with osteoarthritis of the hip – which is a normal part of getting older, but can lead to pain and disability.
This shared decision aid can help you decide, what the best management might be for you.
Click here to link to the NHS Shared decision aid for osteoarthritis of the hip 

Avoiding Hip Pain

Trochanteric bursitis

  • Keep the muscles in your legs flexible by doing stretches regularly
  • Keep the muscles around your hip strong by doing regular strengthening exercises
  • Wear appropriate footwear at all times when doing sporting activities

Clicking/snapping hip

  • The clicking/snapping sensation may reduce on its own accord
  • Keep the muscles in  your legs flexible by doing stretches regularly

Labral Tear

  • Keep the muscles in your legs and around your hip flexible by doing stretches regularly
  • Keep the muscles in your legs and around your hip strong by doing regular strengthening exercises

Osteoarthritis

  • Make sure you are not overweight as this will increase the load on your hip joint
  • Keep active
  • Keep the muscles in your legs and around your hip flexible by doing stretches regularly
  • Keep the muscles in your legs and around your hip strong by doing regular strengthening exercises

Please note -
These are general exercises, seek advice if you are unsure.