Pain in the hip and leg can occur suddenly due to an excessive overload on a specific muscle or tendon. Pain can also occur over time without any known cause. Each of the following conditions could be attributed to muscle imbalances throughout the leg, pelvis, and/or abdomen. Other conditions include structural deformities and degenerative or systemic diseases. Listed are some common injuries/procedures involving the hip that are treated at Rochester Sports and Physical Therapy:
- Osteoarthritis/Degenerative Joint Disease. This is a common condition of the hip joint due to significant wear on the cushioning between the ball and socket. Compression of joint surfaces causes pain.
- Total Hip Replacement. The ball or socket or both is replaced with a synthetic material to rebuild joint structure and reduce pain.
- Hamstring Strain. The posterior thigh muscles can be over stretched causing a potential tear.
- Bursitis. The padding between different areas of the hip joint can become inflamed and painful due to increased load or muscle imbalances.
Evaluation, Treatment and Prevention
- When coming to Rochester Sports and Physical Therapy for hip pain, the licensed physical therapists will perform a thorough evaluation to determine the cause of pain. The therapist will identify the factors that contribute to the pain such as muscle imbalances, postural stress, and faulty movement patterns.
- The first goal of treatment is to reduce pain. Modalities such as heat, ice, ultrasound, electric stimulation, phonoporesis, and inotophoresis can assist in decreasing inflammation and pain.
- In order to relieve hip pain, it is important to learn specific exercises and stretches that address muscle imbalances and correct faulty movement patterns. Not only will exercises and stretches help to relieve hip pain, but the knowledge of the techniques learned at Rochester Sports and Physical therapy will help the patient to prevent additional problems in the future. Each of our patients receives an individual home exercise program so they can continue to improve after they are finished with therapy. This empowers them to be responsible for the health of their bodies.