Hip pain

Hip pain

Hip Injuries


Skeletal Hip Pain Area







The human hip joint is well constructed for its intended use: standing and walking. Its primary function is to support the weight of the body in both static (e.g. standing) and dynamic (e.g. walking or running) postures. The hip joints are the most important aspect of the body in maintaining balance.


The hip joint is a ball-and-socket joint that is formed where the thigh bone (femur) meets the three bones that make up the pelvis: the ilium, ischium and the pubis. The femur has a ball-shaped protuberance on the end that fits into a socket formed in the pelvis called the acetabulum. It forms the primary connection between the bones of the lower limb and the axial skeleton of the trunk and pelvis. A smooth cushion of articular cartilage covers the femoral head and the acetabulum. The articular cartilage is kept lubricated by fluid made in the synovial membrane. Given that the cartilage is smooth and slippery, the bones move against each other easily and without pain. Large ligaments, tendons, and muscles around the hip joint help to hold the bones in place and keep it from dislocating.

Common Injuries to the Hip:

Bursitis of the Hip Joint

Bursitis of the Hip Joint

  • Hip dislocation
  • Hip fracture
  • Hip sprain
  • Snapping hip
  • Hip pointer
  • Hip bursitis
  • Slipped capital femoral epiphysis
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes disease
  • Congenital hip dislocation
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Groin strain



  • The Groin MusculatureDirect or indirect trauma
  • Congenital anomalies
  • Muscle imbalance
  • Hip dysplasia or other anatomical anomaly
  • Accumulative stress
  • Overtraining
  • Infection
  • Poor lower limb biomechanics (ie foot or knee)



It is imperative that an accurate diagnosis is made before a treatment program can be formulated. A treatment program is of course tailored to an individual’s injury, age and physical condition, but should include:

  • Soft tissue massage
  • Active muscle releases
  • The application of ice and heat
  • Specific stretching protocols
  • Gentle correction of the pelvis
  • Mobilisation of the hip joint
  • Addressing any lower biomechanical dysfunction (ie orthotic therapy or knee correction) 


The practitioners at Gladesville Healthcare specialise in the treatment of hip injuries of all types and commonly deal with all of the above condition and problems. Our success is based on a blend of evidence-based therapy, clinical experience and individual injury management.


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74 Morrison Rd
Gladesville NSW 2111.

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Tel: 9816. 3071
Fax: 9816 2037
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