Hip Physical Therapy
Hip injury requires hip physical therapy. Trust the practitioners at our Oakville physiotherapy centre to treat your hip pain and restore your health.
The hip flexor, made up of your psoas and iliacus muscles, runs from the lower spine and pelvis to your upper thigh. It is a big mover muscle, it flexes your hip, bends your trunk towards your thigh and contributes to rotating the thigh. It is a hard working muscle involved in many daily activities, but it also tries to pick up the slack when other muscles such as your core and pelvic stability muscles like your glutes are not working up to par, meaning it is easier for this muscle to become overworked and injured.
Since we spend so much of our day sitting, this muscle is often starting in a disadvantaged, shortened position, making it harder for it to perform correctly. Repetitive overuse stresses can create micro-tears in the muscle belly or tendon leading to inflammation, damage, weakness and pain. When this occurs, hip physical therapy can be a great help. The hip can be damaged through activities like:
- Bending Over
- Sitting Down
When undergoing hip physical therapy, initially you need to stop or limit the aggravating activity to give the muscle/tendon time to heal. It can also help to adjust your seat height so that the hips sit higher than the knees to avoid “hip pinching” in the initial stages of healing. Our Oakville physiotherapy centre will work to manage the inflammation to promote an optimum environment for healing through manual techniques, modalities and icing instructions.
The hip physical therapy we provide includes manual techniques and a prescribed stretching program to decrease muscle tension, taking stress off the healing muscle/tendon. We will look at your gait mechanics, and the muscle activation/strength of your stability muscles in the core and pelvis. Developing an appropriate exercise program to build strength and ingrain proper movement patterns will make sure the hip flexor can adequately perform its primary job. This will help prevent the condition from returning.
If you think you may require hip physical therapy, contact our Oakville physiotherapy clinic today to book an appointment.