Hip Pain

Hip Pain

Hip pain can come from a tight, strained or overused muscle in the hip or from the joint itself. Pain in the hip can sometimes be the result of an injury. Alternatively it can be referred from the back or related to the way you move, stand and/or use your hip. In our Oxford clinic we will assess your posture, gait, muscle tension and joint mobility as part of your diagnosis.

Our experience tells us that pain from osteoarthritis or wear and tear in the hip joint is also common. Our osteopaths can’t cure the arthritis and it depends on the severity of the wear and tear but our treatment and advice can often help ease your symptoms.

We’re here to help

Our osteopaths look at each patient as a whole. In your first appointment at Central Oxford Osteopathy, we will assess the way your hip moves, strengthen and stretch the muscles, gently massage the hip muscles and stretch the hip joint to reduce tension and improve the mobility of the joint and work on the secondary problems like backache. We can use a wide range of gentle manual treatments depending on your age, fitness and diagnosis to reduce muscular tension in your hip and improve movement in the joint. We may gently massage the soft tissues of your hip or rhythmically “rock” the joints to release tension.

Your long term recovery is important to us. Once we have treated your immediate pain at the clinic, we will help you maintain your recovery by recommending gentle exercise and stretches you can do at home to strengthen or loosen your hip muscles. We may offer advice on your lifestyle particularly if we feel there is a repetitive activity that may increase the risk of recurrence. We may offer advice on your lifestyle particularly if we feel there is a repetitive activity that may increase the risk of recurrence. We may also offer advice on your posture and provide advice on diet and exercise.

Sometimes x-rays, scans and other tests are required to make a full diagnosis. If we feel our osteopathy treatment cannot completely heal or discover the cause of your back pain, we will refer to your GP or a specialist for any additional investigation.

If you think we can help you with your pain, then book to see an osteopath at our Oxford clinic today.

Acknowledgement: with thanks to Institute of Osteopathy for data and sources.

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