Common Conditions Related to Hip Pain or Dysfunction

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What is a groin strain?

A groin strain is an injury to the muscles of the inner thigh. There are 5 muscles of the inner thigh known as adductors. These muscles are responsible for bringing the knee closer to midline. Straining or pulling your groin muscle often occurs in sports such as football, track and field, hockey and skiing. CityPT physical therapists specialize in the treatment of musculoskeletal ailments such as a groin strain through appropriate exercises, hands on techniques, and prevention of future injury.

What is hip bursitis?

Hip bursitis is painful inflammation of the trochanteric bursa (a small sac of fluid that cushions and reduces friction between bones, muscles and tendons) located on the outside of the hip. The onset of this inflammation can occur gradually or suddenly. Poor sleeping posture, muscle weakness, direct trauma, repetitive motions and bone spurs can all be causes of hip bursitis. CityPT physical therapists are very well versed in treatment of hip bursitis by identifying and addressing the source of this common cause of hip pain.

What is hip impingement?

Femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) is a common cause of hip dysfunction in young adults. Femoroacetabular refers to the joint between the thigh (femur) and the hip socket (acetabulum) which is where the pinching (impingement) occurs. FAI often presents in the active population and leads to stiffness, pain, and joint dysfunction. Your physical therapist can help find the cause of FAI and develop a tailored exercise routine for your individual needs. CityPT physical therapists are skilled at helping regain movement, flexibility, and strength to return people to their prior level of activity.

What is a labral tear?

A labral tear is an injury to the band of cartilage (labrum) that surrounds the hip joint. Tears in the labrum can be caused by trauma such as car accidents or falls, but are most commonly caused by repeated stresses to the hip joint. Seeking treatment for a labral injury from a CityPT physical therapist early on can significantly improve your pain and ability levels by reducing further injury to the structure. We help identify alignment issues, strength deficits and tight muscle restrictions to decrease hip irritation and return you to your active lifestyle.

What is hip osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the medical term used for joint inflammation and is the most common type of arthritis. OA is commonly diagnosed when the cartilage between the joint surfaces have begun to wear away affecting joint movement. The most common locations for OA are the hips and the knees. Physical therapy from CityPT is an effective and conservative way to decrease joint pain and optimize joint health to help you return to normal work, hobbies, and daily activities.

What is snapping hip syndrome?

Snapping hip syndrome is when a snapping or popping sensation is felt in the groin or back of hips. The structures causing the snapping sensation are typically muscle, tendon or ligament rolling over a normal bony landmark. While this can produce pain, it is not always painful. CityPT physical therapists are skilled in determining if your snapping hip is contributing to your functional limitations or causing damage and provide therapy to improve your symptoms.

What is piriformis syndrome?

Piriformis syndrome is impingement or entrapment of the sciatic nerve under the piriformis muscle. The piriformis muscle is located in the center of the buttocks and crosses directly over the sciatic nerve. This syndrome often presents with symptoms similar to sciatica and can be misdiagnosed. Licensed physical therapists from CityPT are skilled in determining the source of your hip pain so they can provide you with the best treatment outcome for optimal recovery.