Hip and Pelvic Pain
Hip pain can be from varied sources and can show up in multiple areas. It requires detective work and a thorough assessment to determine the diagnosis and cause of your pain. This is done through thorough questioning and specific tests using clinical experience and knowledge.
Read our blog for different Types of hip pain.
Sing with me: “The hip bones connected to the pelvic bone….”
The hip bones connect to the pelvis in a ball and socket joint. Hip mobility is very important for weightbearing movement.
The pelvis itself is actually 3 bones. It is joined at the front by fibrocartilage (pubic symphysis), and at the back with strong ligaments connecting a wedge shaped bone (tail bone or sacrum) into the pelvis (SIJ joint). This area of the pelvis is crucial as a connection for muscles for walking.
A few of the muscles that attach from the pelvis to the hip you may have heard of are piriformis, gluteals, hip flexors, hamstrings, and quadriceps.
The piriformis, a small deep hip rotator, can irritate the sciatic nerve and is a common cause of sciatic pain. Sciatic pain does not always come from your spine, it can be from gripping of your butt muscles!
The muscles of the hip and pelvis are complex and imbalance can affect pain and function of the whole body.
Treatment for hip pain:
Physio treatment for hip or pelvic pain may include; massage ‘release’ of specific muscles (determined by the therapist), laser or dry needling, stretches, strengthening and education to help you treat yourself.
We aim to prevent excessive tension rebuilding, strengthen functional stabilising muscles, retrain an efficient pain free walking pattern, and much more to correct your problem.