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Hip Pain Symptoms
The location and severity of hip pain can vary, depending on the cause of the problem. Signs and symptoms that sometimes accompany hip pain are:
Common Hip Injuries and Conditions
Hip Labral Tears
Osteoarthritis of the Hip
How Will My Hip Pain Be Diagnosed?
Your physical therapist will perform an evaluation that will start with discussing your medical history and your symptoms. Your therapist will ask questions to determine where your pain is located and may perform a gait evaluation, palpitation of the hip for structural issues, range of motion measurements, strength measurements, and functional mobility test. These tests will help your therapist develop a treatment plan to relieve your hip pain.
How Can Physical Therapy Help Me?
Your physical therapist may provide treatments using different "modalities" such as ice, heat, ultrasound, or electrical stimulation to help decrease pain and swelling.
Your therapist will apply manual (hands-on) therapy to gently guide movement of the hip area to restore joint and tissue mobility.
Your physical therapist will prescribe specific strengthening, flexibility, and endurance exercises to address your specific needs and goals.
You will learn individualized exercises designed to help you return to your home, work, and sport activities. These also may include balance and coordination exercises.
Your physical therapist will teach you ways to manage your pain at home, and design a safe and effective home-exercise program based on your specific condition, which you can continue long after your formal physical therapy sessions have ended. You also will learn how to avoid placing unnecessary forces on the hip during your daily activities for years to come.