HIP AND GROIN PAIN
The hip and groin are part of a complex system of joint articulations, muscle and ligament attachments. To accurately diagnose dysfunction in the area a thorough assessment of the hip joint, sacroiliac joints, lumbar spine, core stability, neural mobility and muscle strength/length is required.
It is also important to assess the biomechanics of your feet and lower limb as this can often affect function through the hip and groin.
Hip pain can occur as a result of arthritis, labral tear, chondral defect, impingement or bursitis, to name a few. The injuries can occur as a result of trauma or overuse. Bony injuries such as a stress fracture should be considered with repetitive activity – particularly under load.
Hip pain in younger children may be indicative of a more serious condition and should be investigated thoroughly.
Pain referred from the lumbar spine and sacroiliac joints (SIJ) can also present as pain in the hip.
Groin pain is more common in activities that require rapid acceleration/deceleration or sudden change of direction. If the load through the muscles and connective tissue cannot cope with the force generated by the activity then a tendinopathy or tear can result. Altered biomechanics about the hip and pelvis can also pre-dispose a person to a groin injury as it will change how the muscles are recruited/loaded in the area.
As a result, rehabilitation of a hip and/or groin injury will usually involve muscle strengthening, muscle lengthening, core stability re-training, proprioception and assessment and treatment of surrounding joints.
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