Hip dysfunction can greatly impact our daily lives due to pain, stiffness, and even weakness. If you have experienced hip pain, you might have had difficulty with things like sitting for long periods of time, getting up from a seated position, walking, stairs, and sometimes sleeping. There can be many underlying causes for hip dysfunction or pain including things such as osteoarthritis, impingement of the hip joint, and bursitis. However, there are occasions where hip pain and dysfunction can stem from issues with your low back, knees, and feet/ankles. 

Common hip dysfunctions

Osteoarthritis is a term we often hear as we age. Arthritis of a joint occurs when the joint surfaces begin to wear down, which can happen over time. This wear and tear on the joint can come from weakness in the muscles supporting our joints and high impact activities such as running and jumping. Our joints should have a nice smooth surface to glide across as we move, but with osteoarthritis these smooth joint surfaces become rough. This can lead to pain symptoms, cracking/grinding as we move, stiffness, and a reduced range of motion. Even with this wear and tear of the joint, a skilled provider can help you with increasing your range of motion and supporting the hip joint with muscle strengthening to slow down the degeneration process.

Bursitis is another common dysfunction of the hip. Bursa are sacks of fluid that are throughout our body, which allow our muscles and tendon to glide over bony areas without creating friction and damaging our muscles. Sometimes our muscles and joints don’t move in sync with each other and there becomes an increase in friction and irritation occurs around our bursa. The bursa can become inflamed due to the repetitive friction leading to bursitis. Bursitis can lead to symptoms like pain, tenderness over the bursa, and swelling. The best way to get rid of bursitis is to figure out where the increase in friction is coming from and help to correct it. Seeking the help of a skilled provider will get to your root cause of bursitis in no time.

What to expect from a visit with an Orthology provider

At the YMCA a Physical Therapist will do an evaluation of your hip which will including looking at your low back, knees, and ankles/feet. Together we will come up with a Plan of Care that best suits you which can include manual treatments such as transverse friction massage, trigger point release and myofascial techniques. These techniques help to speed up the healing process as well as re-set the tissues prior to adding strength and stability to the tissues. Our providers will look on how your joints are moving from your ankles, knees and low back as all of these joints can influence your hip rehabilitation. We then will focus on the stability of the hip with manually resisted exercises as well as eccentric exercises to help lengthen and strengthen the tissues in order to allow you to use your hip with proper muscle recruitment patterns. A very important part of your treatment will be learning how to perform these self cares and exercises at home in order to prevent further injury.

While hip pain or dysfunction may have a large impact on your movement, or ability to perform everyday tasks, it doesn’t have to be permanent. As you can see, hip pain can more complex than we think. So if you have experienced or are currently experiencing hip pain, please seek the expertise of our chiropractors and physical therapists at Orthology. Our providers will help you get back on track doing the activities you love to do and educate you on how to prevent further injury.

Orthology providers are now seeing patients in 18 local YMCA locations. To make an appointment today go to Orthology.com, or call 952-222-5769!