Hip physio in Newcastle

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

                                                                                  

Fitness Physiotherapy in Newcastle treat hip injuries with evidence based treatments for pain relief and return to sport and daily activities.  Evidence based treatments have been shown to be effective through clinical research, giving people a successful return to sport and life.                                    

Hip joint anatomy

The hip is a ball and socket joint, made up of the acetabulum (socket) and femoral head (ball).  In between the two bones is  cartilage.  Ligaments and a surrounding capsule hold the joint together, keeping the joint stable with the muscles and tendon which also provides the movement.

 

Common hip injuries

 

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is the normal aging process in the hip.  This usually involves loss of joint cartilage.  Joint cartilage normally provides a protective layer over bone and reduces in height as we age.  Other structures such as ligaments, tendons as well bone shape can change over time.  Some of these changes can result in pain, but the extent of the injuries is not consistent with the degree of pain people experience.  Pain is also dependent psychosocial factors.

Recent research points to an effective exercise program call "GLAD", developed in Denmark that show reductions in pain and need for hip replacement.

Find out more and book in to join the GLAD program

 

Hip Fractures

Hip fractures are breaks in bone and usually result from compressive trauma and more common in the older population.  The management of these is very specific and dependent on the type of fracture,  location and if there are separate structures injured. 

More severe cases will require a longer period of rest in a cast or splint with crutches and all will benefit from a strengthening program.  The length of the rehabilitation and return to function will vary depending on the person's weight, age, bone density, strength, other medical problems and motivation. 

We have experience in this area as we work closely with orthopaedic surgeons providing physio services for them at Lingard Hospital, managing fractures on a daily basis.

 

Gluteal tendon strains

The gluteal tendon works with the muscles in the buttocks area  to move the hip. Gluteal tendons can become torn resulting in pain with reduced strength and function.    It can be torn with sudden excessive or smaller repetitive forces where the tendon structure isn't strong enough to meet the demands of the thigh muscle contractions.

Gluteal tendon tears can appear as trochanteric bursitis (inflammed trochanteric bursa), but recent research shows the bursitis is a symptom of a torn gluteal tendon.

Gluteal tendon strains respond very well to physiotherapy.  The time for recovery is dependent on the degree and location of the tear.  It is important to get the right physiotherapy and rehab as no tears and people are the same.  Programs have to be individually tailored and progressed based on milestones achieved.

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Groin tendon strains

The groin tendons connect the muscles to the bone around the hip and  transfer the muscles contractions to move the hip in all directions.  Groin tendons can become torn resulting in pain with reduced strength and function.  It can be torn with sudden excessive or smaller repetitive forces where the tendon structure isn't strong enough to meet the demands of the muscle contractions.

Groin strains are common in running and kicking sports such as soccer and AFL. The most common groin tendons torn include the hip flexor (iliopsoas) and hip adductors (adductor magnus and sartorius)

Groin strains are complicated injuries and can also be masked as a pelvis joint injury.  It is important to get the correct diagnosis and rehabilitation for the injury.  

The time for recovery is dependent on the degree and location of the tear.  Programs have to be individually tailored and progressed based on milestones achieved.

We provide people with groin strains a clear exercise and return to play plan based on the latest evidence.

 

At Fitness Physiotherapy in Newcastle, we treat hip injuries with evidence based treatments for pain relief and return to sport and play .