Build your movement patterns & strength to manage your symptoms
Hip pain can take on many different forms, so if you are in any doubt please make sure you seek the advice of a professional to help you get the best treatment pathway in place for you. Today the focus is on the increasing issue of hip osteoarthritis, essentially wear and tear in your hip joint as a result of the movement patterns adopted over time, although some people will be more prone to this type of issue through genetics.
The simple thing is to look at some of the common symptoms and areas of pain. The hip can be tricky as primarily the pain will be at the front of the hip joint in the groin region, however you can get lateral pain and posterior pain into the glut region too, along with a dull ache referred down into the top of the thigh. This can make it all very similar to the SI Joint (sacroiliac joint) and low back. The problem with the hip region is that by the time people experience the pain or relate it back to the hip region other joint in the area can already be affected too.
As you can see form the diagram above the main issue is the narrowing of the joint space, leaving less room for the movement you need, especially sitting in low seats, standing form sitting can take time to straighten out, stiffness in the morning. This pressure wears the cartilage lining of the femoral head and in turn this wears the socket. However with good management you can improve your movement and reduce pain, and if only in the early stages you could have years before you notice any real issues.
So take a look through the top tips to help you understand if your hip issue is arthritis and then look at how that might effect your walking patterns. We have some great blogs on hip movement for you so please take these on board to help improve your hip health.
Plus our top tips to help you settle the pain in your hip and build the foundation strength again to get you moving better.
Build A Stronger Hip Joint