Dysfunction, injury and degeneration of the hip joint are common complaints across all age groups. Hip pain can be one of the main causes of gait impairment in children and the elderly. One of the main goals in any treatment is to restore normal gait, as walking is one of the most essential activities to maintaining good health. The hip joint is more susceptible to degenerative conditions than to traumatic injury. Osteoarthritis of the hip joint does lead to considerably more disability than in any other joint in the body affected by the disease.
Factors that can influence hip pain and dysfunction:
- Previous trauma, leg-length inequality, chronic low back pain and chronic sacroiliac joint pain and dysfunction create pain which leads to compensations through the hip region, causing uneven distribution of weight through the cartilage and joint.
- Muscle imbalance generates abnormal movement through the joint, which will lead to an imbalanced stress on the cartilage. Tight muscles will add a compressive load on the area and hypertonic muscles easily tear and are susceptible to strain and injury.
- When you come for treatment first we take a full history. You may be surprised how detailed this can be. We believe that we need the whole story to get the treatment right for you. This is followed by practical, hands on examination; from this we will discuss our findings, insights and a bespoke treatment plan will be devised and shared with you.We never know how many treatments will be required, however we continually assess. Generally we say that a difference will be noted after 4 treatments and we will update our treatment plan to suit.