Is it my hip or my back?
Hip pain is a common problem, and it can be confusing because there are many causes. It is important to make an accurate diagnosis of the cause of your symptoms so that appropriate treatment can be directed at the underlying problem. Some common causes of pain in and around the hip include:
- Arthritis – arthritis is one of the more common causes of hip and groin pain. It can manifest as buttock or groin pain and accompanies a reduction in hip range of motion and may cause symptoms like catching or giving way.
- Trochanteric bursitis – is an extremely common problem that causes inflammation of the bursa over the outside of the hip joint. The trochanteric bursa is separated significantly from the actual hip joint by tissue and bone. It reduces the friction of muscular tissue over bony prominences. Trochanteric bursitis frequently causes tenderness of the outer hip, making it difficult for patients to lie on the involved side and causes a dull, burning pain on the outer hip that is often made worse with excessive walking or stair climbing
- Lumbar pain (referred symptoms) – many back and spinal symptoms can cause discomfort into to groin, hip or buttock
- Snapping Hip Syndrome – describes the sensation or audible ‘clunking’ that is generated by deep tendons flicking over the bony prominence of the front or side of the hip joint
Self diagnosing hip pain can be difficult. A physiotherapist can accurately diagnose the concern, treat it accordingly and assist you in achieving your short, mid and long term goals.