- Hip Arthritis
- Hip Replacement Rehabilitation
- Post-Operative Hip Rehabilitation
- Groin Strain
- Adductor Muscles Strain
- Hamstring Muscles Tightness
- Quadriceps Muscles Weakness
- Trochanteric Bursitis
- Ischial Bursitis.
- Piriformis Syndrome
Hip, Groin and Thigh Pain
Most hip pain which could be located in the groin, side of the hip is due to limited smooth gliding motion of the hip joint causing unusual balance of different tissues around, tendons or ligaments around the area. There is a connection between hip joint flexibility and back. Less hip flexibility reflects negatively on walking pattern, back bending, and squatting.
Hip Osteoarthritis (OA)
It happens as the cartilage between the two hip bones wears over time, the joint becomes hypomobile and the muscles around the hip generally weaken over time. Physiotherapy is highly recommended in most cases of minor to moderate hip osteoarthritis. However advanced stages (bone to bone) stage may require a total or partial hip replacement. Also, physiotherapy plays an essential role as a pre and post operative rehabilitation program.
Hip (Trochanteric) Bursitis
A bursa is a fluid filled sac which acts as a cushion aiming to reduce friction between muscles or tissues. The bursa can often become inflamed due to abnormal joint movements or sometimes unknown reasons. This causes strain to the tissues and excessive friction on the bursa. This inflammation causes pain with prolonged activity and sleeping sometimes. It is often very tender to touch on the outer hip and thigh.
The piriformis muscle is located deep inside the gluteal area where the sciatic nerve passes behind it. Sometimes through prolonged sitting, loss of movement in the hips or trauma may result in piriformis muscle being irritated and pressed down onto the sciatic nerve leading to an aching deep pain into the buttock and often radiating pain to the outer aspect of the thigh. With more severe cases, tingling, numbness or severe pain can radiate down the thigh.
Walking properly requires good range of motion for the joints involved, adequate muscle strength for the musculature around and good coordination between all of that which is called balance. With injuries or pain in the ankle, knee or hip, our walking pattern can change leaving us with a limp and improper distribution of body weight forces for tissues around.
Total/Partial Hip Replacement
In a total hip replacement surgery, the socket of the hip joint and head of the femur are replaced. With a partial hip replacement either the head of the femur is replaced or the socket of the hip. Physiotherapy before surgery in general has shown to help the speed and quality of recovery after surgery. Furthermore, after your surgery, physiotherapy plays a crucial role to restore your range of motion, improve balance and muscle strength. We continue to reinforce safety precautions with your hip movement while you heal, aiming to enable you to return to most normal activities.
Other types of surgeries for the hip are fracture repairs that may require a period of immobilization or a surgery, then the surgeon allows physiotherapy treatment. Most common limitations that time could be limited movement and range of motion as well as strength and impaired balance. At “BetterLife Physiotherapy” we work to restore your pre-injury level of activity.
At “BetterLife Physiotherapy” we start with a full detailed assessment of the injured/painful area of the hip to test: range of motion, muscle strength, walking pattern, balance and coordination. So, we can determine the right approach to treating the affected area. After we pinpoint the injured area, we set up the relevant treatment plan, with goals of treatment, aiming to relieve your swelling, pain and restore range of motion and improve your activity of daily living. Then, we apply specialized hands-on techniques, physiotherapy modalities that are indicated and specific exercises of stretching tight muscles then strengthening affected tissues. We teach you easy-to-do exercises and modified activities you can do at home to prevent the recurrence of the symptoms.