Hip pain isn’t something that only happens with age. A growing number of the younger generation are plagued with chronic hip pain. The hips are part of the body’s core foundation, connecting to the largest and most powerful muscle groups in the body (the glutes, quads, and hamstrings).
Strong hips are necessary for a healthy body that is less prone to injury. Yet, they are often overlooked as a source of pain. Hips are often the silent culprits causing pain in other areas of the body. For example, knee pain is often caused by misalignment or weakness in the hips. The bottom line, when there is weakness in the hips, everything else in the body is thrown out of balance.
How to Treat Hip Pain
Aside from labral tears, which are a leading cause of hip pain, hip problems are primarily caused by three factors: a change in activity levels, genetic factors and hormones, high impact sports. Hip problems should be addressed when they first appear to help avoid the need for surgery. Abnormal wear and tear can lead to degenerative processes that can require surgery without early intervention.
The most effective treatment for hip pain begins with physical therapy. Addressing limitations in range of motion, joint strength and stability are foundational elements of any hip pain treatment plan. The goal should be to restore hip function and not just put a bandaid on the pain. Physical therapists can identify movement and muscle imbalances and develop custom programs to correct them.
Hip mobility exercises and stretches should be performed by everyone regardless of whether or not they are experiencing pain. Range of motion is dependent on activity. Continually working to build strength and mobility in the hips, helps prevent diminishing range of motion, which can lead to problems in other areas of the body.
If you suspect hip pain, schedule an appointment for a physical therapy evaluation. Take care of your hips to keep the rest of your body in better health.