Introduction to hip pain
Hip pain is a common issue that affects many individuals, and you are not alone in experiencing it. At Infinite Physio, we treat a wide variety of conditions that can cause hip pain from hip arthritis, to gluteal tendon pain and everything in between. We aim to return you to your daily activities as fast as possible, by addressing your hip pain effectively and giving you long term strategies to prevent it’s return.
Our experience, backed by literature, is that with the proper treatment most musculoskeletal hip pain can be resolved with minimal disability. To accomplish this, your Physiotherapist will engage with you closely in performing a thorough assessment and then collaborating with you on your plan of care.
Key Aspects of Our Care:
Advice and early activity: Early movement has been shown to be beneficial in improving hip pain. However, we understand that pain can make you feel apprehensive about moving normally. Our experienced Physios will guide you in understanding your condition, teach you safe and comfortable movements, and provide support throughout your recovery journey.
Rehabilitation: Following a thorough assessment of your individual condition and its root causes, our Physio will design a personalized rehabilitation plan. We take into account your current fitness levels and lifestyle, as well as your home, work, and hobbies to create a tailored plan. The rehabilitation plan may include exercises specifically designed to stretch or strengthen the structures around your hip. You will receive this plan either in paper form or through our interactive and supportive app, Physitrack; whichever you prefer.
Manual therapy: Self-manipulation or Physiotherapist guided manipulation of the hip and the surrounding muscles and ligaments can be beneficial in many painful hip conditions. Your Physio will discuss these with you and provide you with the appropriate instructions to carry these out for optimal recovery.
Taping: Supportive kinesiology tape can be applied to your hip to provide short-term relief. We can also teach this technique to you, or a family member or friend so that they can assist you with it at home. Additionally, we provide a video for you to reference between visits to ensure the correct application.
Follow-up: Your care doesn’t end after the first appointment and care plan. We care about your progress and will schedule a follow-up appointment within a few weeks to check on your condition, address any concerns, and advance your rehabilitation plan. Our method of supportive, ongoing management has shown to yield the best results, and that’s what we aim for you.
At Infinite Physio, we are committed to providing you with personalized care and effective solutions to manage and alleviate your hip pain. Our team of skilled professionals is here to support you throughout your journey to better hip health.
Gait Analysis is the study of human motion and may be indicated for you if your hip pain is being caused by the way your body is moving from the ground up. Gait Analysis focuses heavily on the foot and lower limb and the way these structures impact on the whole chain of your body during motion. For example, flat feet, and osteoarthritic joints in the feet can contribute to poor mobility, which in turn aggravates hip pain. Gait Analysis involves a thorough foot and ankle assessment, both in sitting and standing, followed by a short walk or run on a treadmill, while being observed directly by your Podiatrist and via a camera. The video of your walk or run can then be slowed down to allow us to see small motions and problems.
The information uncovered by your Gait Analysis will then inform your rehabilitation plan.
If you are diagnosed with tendon, muscle or joint pain you can benefit from Extracorporeal Shockwave treatment (ESWT).
Extracorporeal (outside of the body) Shockwave Therapy is a non-invasive technique designed to treat the causes of chronic pain, without the need for invasive treatment such as injections or surgery. It involves delivering a series of high-energy impulses to the affected area.
A probe is passed over the site of your pain and shockwaves are directed to the area. Treatment with Shockwave produces an inflammatory response around the site of pain. The body responds to this by increasing metabolic activity. This stimulates and accelerates the healing process. Shockwave blocks transmission of pain signals which reduces overall pain levels within the area.
If your Physiotherapist determines that your hip pain is being caused by a problem with your feet, you may be recommended to have a review with our Musculoskeletal Podiatrists. This may lead to a prescription for a fully customised orthotic made using a direct cast of your feet, ensuring perfect fit and comfort. Bespoke orthotics can be accurately designed to address your specific foot needs and can fit into a range of shoe styles.