In your hips, there are groin muscles that are responsible for stabilizing the pelvis and moving the leg towards the midline of your body. These muscles are particularly active while running and kicking.
The hip and groin area can be a challenging area to treat because there are numerous possible structures that can be injured and cause pain. Also, the structures are very deep within the area. Therefore, it is important that your hip pain or groin pain to be diagnosed and addressed by a physiotherapist as soon as possible, otherwise recovery may take longer, be slower, and become ineffective.
What is Hip and Groin Pain?
Hip pain is a general term for pain occurring in or around the hip joint. It isn’t always felt in the hip itself, but may also be felt in the groin or thigh. Pain over the outside of the hip is not usually due to a hip joint problem and is more commonly related to hip bursitis or a pinched nerve in the back.
If you have hip problems and also complain of groin pain, you might have ‘referred pain’, and it is a result of the organisation of nerves in your body. Groin pain is the discomfort in the area where the abdomen ends and the legs begin.
What Causes Hip and Groin Pain?
Although the hip joint ‘fakes’ pain in the groin area, it isn’t the most common cause of groin pain. Most commonly, it is due to problems of muscles and other soft tissues attached to the groin area.
Pain may be caused by local structures within or around the hip or groin, or may be radiated from other areas such as the lower back, pelvis, or sacroiliac joint.
Pain in your hip and groin can be an indication of a soft tissue injury in your hip and groin or a compressed nerve. It can be muscle strain, hip arthritis, and hernia. Activities such as standing and walking may aggravate the symptoms.
Sometimes, pain can also be caused by a sitting position, landing awkwardly, certain sports, sedentary lifestyle, or arthritis. Your hips may become sore when held in a fixed position for a long time, or repeatedly moved into an uncomfortable position.
How Physiotherapy Helps with Hip and Groin Pain
A physiotherapist carries out an assessment of your hips. There will be a functional assessment which will look at particular movements that affect your problem. From there, a physiotherapist will make a thorough and accurate diagnosis.
Once the exact problem is found, a physiotherapist will design a treatment plan that will address the underlying problem and prevent future reoccurrence. Treatment may include soft tissue release to relieve tight areas, and joint mobilisations to improve flexibility. Exercises will be recommended to keep you active and help with your recovery. The treatment and recommendations from your physiotherapist promotes tissue healing and improve blood flow around the body.
Our physiotherapists at Happy Physio tailor treatment programs to get rid of your debilitating pain and help you return to your daily activities.
If hip and groin pain hinders you from reaching the success you’re after, make an appointment with our Perth physiotherapist. Call us today on 92727359!