True hip pain is less common in the general population. Often pain in this area will be referring from dysfunction in the low back, pelvis or the knee.
However, there are still a number of common syndromes that we see and treat at the clinic particularly in the sporting community:
- Gluteal or trochanteric bursitis / gluteus medius tendinosis
- Piriformis syndrome
- Psoas syndrome
- Hip Osteoarthritis
- Snapping hip
The importance of the hip region
Although the hip is not often the primary complaint, it is extremely importance that the biomechanics are functioning optimally with the proper functioning in the kinetic chain of the pelvis and the low back. Due to the size of the hip rotators (short and wide) and the gluteals, there are the power generators in the body. If we don’t use them correctly, we will eventually wear out something else along the kinematic chain. This is most commonly the lower back and the knee.
With all low back complaints that we see at the clinic, we always assess the hip to make sure it functioning optimally.