Hip and Groin Pain

Hip & Groin

Pelvis, Hip and Groin pain and symptoms can stem from a variety of factors and the onset may be sudden or gradual. Pelvic, Hip and Groin pain or symptoms may be related to a sudden traumatic injury, or may occur gradually from poor postural positions, muscular imbalances or nerve tension.

We can identify and treat many types of pelvis, hip and groin pain, including both ‘localised’ and ‘referred’ presentations. ‘Localised’ joint pain and symptoms will have their origin within the joints themselves.  This includes the sacrum, sacroiliac joint, and femoroacetabular joints.  The localised muscles, pelvic floor, nerves, capsule and the ligaments directly attaching to the joints will affect injury or symptoms.  Both the pelvic girdle and hip are complex series of interacting joints, muscles and nerves that must work harmoniously for normal movement and function.

Common Hip and Groin Injuries

Osteoarthritis 

Hip osteoarthritis is a joint disease that mostly affects your hip joint cartilage. Articular cartilage is the hard slippery surface that covers the sections of bones that move against each other in your hip joint.

Healthy articular cartilage allows your hip joint bones to smoothly and painlessly glide over each other and also helps to absorb any shock forces not dispersed by your hip muscles. 

In hip osteoarthritis, your top layer of articular cartilage breaks down and wears away. Eventually, your cortical bone that lies under the cartilage rubs together to cause pain, swelling, grating and loss of hip joint motion.

Muscle weakness and the resultant hip joint instability associated is thought to contribute towards the deterioration of your hip joint cartilage. Weaker hip muscles also provide less shock absorption capabilities than their strong counterparts, which increases your hip joint compression forces. Hip osteoarthritis usually happens gradually over time.

Trochanteric (Hip) Bursitis

Trochanteric bursitis is an inflammation of the trochanteric bursa. 

A bursa is a double - membrane sac filled with fluid located near a joint. It forms a sort of cushion between to minimize friction between the soft tissue/bone interface and acts as a shock absorber during the movement of muscles and joints.

Inflammation of the bursa is a slow process, which progresses over time. This bursitis most often occurs because of friction, overuse, direct trauma or too much pressure.

How long does it take to get better?

Muscle strains will vary in recovery time depending on their severity. This may vary from 2-12 weeks or longer depending on the injury. Chronic injuries like tendinopathies and bursitis often take longer than acute strains.

If you’re suffering with pain, stiffness, or discomfort around your hip or groin, come and see us in the clinic today!