Hip flexor injuries can be caused by repetitive flexing movements of the hip such as kicking, running or weightlifting. We see a lot of this type of injury in martial artists such as Thai Boxers and also Football players. The hip flexor can also become tight with sitting for long periods and is therefore common in office workers. Tightness of the hip flexor this can lead to a loss of function and pain in the hip as well as the low back. Physiotherapy can help by providing a diagnosis, treatment, management plan and a progressive rehabilitation program helping to reduce pain, and restore function.
Degenerative changes in the hip joint can be incredibly painful and impact your daily life, including effecting your sleep and work. Osteoarthritis of the hip joint is a degenerative type of arthritis that occurs most often in people 50 years of age and older. There are however instances where it may occur in younger people, for instance after trauma or professional sporting careers. Essentially the cartilage in the hip joint gradually wears away over a period of time. As it decreases in quality it can become rough or frayed, and the joint space between the joint decreases. This loss of joint space can result in the bone rubbing on bone. As a consequence of this the damaged bone may start to grow outward and form bone spurs, also known as osteophytes. Physiotherapy can help by providing a diagnosis, treatment, management plan and a progressive rehabilitation program helping to reduce pain, and restore function In some circumstances we may refer you to a specialist for an orthopaedic opinion.
The groin muscles consist of three large groups of muscles that can be injured by sudden over load of force or repetitive actions. These muscles are commonly injured in footballers or rugby players where sudden changes direction or kicking movements can strain or tear the muscle. The pain is almost always local deep to the groin and can refer down the leg towards the knee. You may find that you have difficulty moving the leg away from your side e.g. getting in and out of a car. Physiotherapy can help by providing a diagnosis, treatment, management plan and a progressive rehabilitation program allowing you to return to the sport and activities you enjoy.
Sacroiliac joint syndrome is a mechanical dysfunction of the sacroiliac joint that results in pain and decreased mobility. The symptoms are often described as pain over the base of the back to one side. The pain varies in its degree of severity; it can be referred to the groin, over the hip, down the back of the thigh to the knee, and sometimes down into the calf to the ankle, foot and toes. Sacroiliac joint syndrome occurs when the sacroiliac ligaments are damaged or torn, causing extra movement in the joint. This causes an inflammation of the joint resulting in pain and loss of function. Although rare SI joint injuries can occur in falls, road traffic accidents, running or lifting movements with poor working postures. Physiotherapy can help by providing a diagnosis, manual therapy and soft tissue treatment, management plan and a progressive rehabilitation program allowing you to return to the sport and activities you enjoy.