Hip Pain

There are a number or reasons for hip pain some of which can be helped by visiting an osteopath.

Pain can come from a tight, strained or overused muscle in the hip or from the joint itself. Pain in the hip can sometimes be the result of an injury, it can be referred from the back or related to the way you move, stand and/or use your hip.

Pain from osteoarthritis or wear and tear in the hip joint is also common. Osteopaths can’t cure the arthritis and it depends on the severity of the wear and tear but treatment and advice from an osteopath can often help ease the symptoms. Osteopaths can look at the patient as a whole, assess the way the hip moves, strengthen and stretch the muscles, gently massage the hip muscles and stretch the hip joint to reduce tension and improve the mobility of the joint and work on the secondary problems like backache.

X-rays, scans and other tests are sometimes required to make a diagnosis and your osteopath may refer to your GP or a specialist for any additional investigations or treatment.


The symptoms of osteoarthritis can vary greatly from person to person, but if it affects the hip it will typically cause:

This can lead to pain, stiffness and difficulty doing certain activities.

There is no cure for osteoarthritis, but the symptoms can be eased with several different treatments and surgery is often not necessary.

Less common causes

Less commonly, the cause of hip pain may be:

When should I get help?

Many cases of hip pain will go away in time and can be managed with rest and over-the-counter painkillers. However, see your GP if:

Go straight to hospital if:

How can I manage it at home?

If you don't immediately need to see a doctor, consider managing and monitoring the problem at home. The following advice may be helpful:

If it's related to overactivity:

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