The hip joint is formed by the articulation of the rounded head of the femur and the cup-like acetabulum of the pelvis. It forms the primary connection between the bones of the lower limb and axial skeleton. Like the shoulder the hip is also a ball and socket joint however given its deeper acetabulum articulation, strong ligamentous and muscular supports the hip is extremely stable and provides us with the strength to complete basic activities including; walking, running, climbing stairs and rising from a chair.
Just as within any other joint these structures are prone to injury and ‘wear and tear’ which may include the bony articulations and cartilage (femoral-acetabulum joint), the surrounding tendons and bursas, soft tissues and problems arising from the pelvis. If any of these structures are injured or irritated a mechanical and inflammatory response can be initiated
Hip pain is commonly multi-factorial (number of pathologies) and a exact diagnosis can be often difficult to make clinically. Regardless exercises encouraging correct muscle recruitment, alignment and stability can in a large percentage of patients be enough to get them free of pain.
Please progress through these exercises at your own individual pace. Care needs to be taken at all times to ensure technique and that your compliance to exercises does not make matters worse. Please consult your health care practitioner if symptoms fail to improve.