How Can Physiotherapy Treat Hip Pain?

The hip holds profound importance in our body's structure, movement, and overall functionality. As one of the strongest and most powerful joints, it plays a crucial role in weight bearing, maintaining mobility, and controlling balance. In essence, it underpins an individual’s ability to lead an active, functional, and fulfilling life. However, the hip joint can become problematic when injured due to its complex anatomy, critical role in movement, and due to its connection with various surrounding structures. 

Physiotherapy for treating hip injuries focuses on relieving pain, restoring mobility, and improving overall function of the joint. Physiotherapists initially carry out assessments to identify the potential causes of hip problems. Following the assessment, they work to design personalized treatment plans that correspond with the patient’s unique needs and goals.

Common hip conditions that physiotherapy can treat include the following:

  • Hip Osteoarthritis

  • Hip Bursitis

  • Hip Labral Tears

  • Femoroacetabular Impingement

  • Hip Flexor Strains

Physiotherapy treatment plans for hip injuries typically consist of exercises to strengthen the musculature surrounding the hip joint, combined with stretches to improve flexibility and range of motion. Physiotherapists often include exercise prescription along with manual therapy techniques such as tractioning, manipulation, and joint mobilization. Additionally, if there are biomechanical issues contributing to the injury, gait/ergonomic corrections may be employed. The aim of physiotherapy treatment for hip injuries is to alleviate pain, increase range of motion, and enhance joint function to ultimately help patients engage in their activities with an improved state of health.