Hip Pain

There are many different types of Hip pain, please find some information below about some of the common types.

Greater Trochanteric Bursitis

Trochanteric bursitis is a very painful condition characterised by pain over the outside part (greater trochanter) of the hip (the upper side of your leg). This bursa is a fluid filled sac that serves to protect and lubricate movements around the hip. Occasionally this bursa can become inflamed and swollen, causing pain. The pain is most often deep aching pain, aggravated by walking, especially climbing stairs, direct pressure such as lying on it at night or prolonged standing. This condition can often be confused or even caused by a gluteus medius tendinopathy, which is a problem of a nearby tendon. Correct diagnosis is vital here. Treatment involves soft tissue work to the surrounding muscles which become sore and stiff, especially if you have been limping or changed your way of walking. Strengthening of these muscles is vital help to reduce the pain and prevent reoccurrence.

Femoral Acetabular Impingement (FAI)

This is a condition in which a bony growth in the hip joint stops the full, complete movement of the hip in the socket. Is is common in young adult males especially those who have a history of repeated sporting activity. It often presents as a dull aching pain in the front of the hip and groin, often aggravated by sporting movements that involve hip flexion such as squatting or lunging, and relieved by rest or inactivity. Treatment options range from surgery to soft tissue work. Often conservative management will work on correct hip joint alignment, muscle soft tissue work and exercises. At Salford City Chiropractic we also assess the movement patterns that may be a causative factor or aggravating the condition.

Piriformis Sydrome

The piriformis is a muscle in the back of the hip that lies over the top of the sciatic nerve, the long nerve running down the back of the buttock and leg. If the piriformis muscle is excessively tight, or in spasm it can irritate the sciatic nerve causing “sciatica” or pain travelling down the back of the leg. Treatment involves trying to relax the piriformis, this may be through soft tissue work or strengthening exercises.

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