The hip joint attaches the leg to the torso of the body. In the hip joint, the head of the thighbone (femur) swivels in a socket, called the acetabulum, that is made up of pelvic bones. While many causes of hip pain can arise from the joint itself, there are numerous structures surrounding the hip that can also be the source of pain.
Pain can arise from structures that are within the hip joint or from structures surrounding the hip. The hip joint is a potential space, meaning that there is a minimal amount of fluid inside it to allow the femoral head to glide in the socket of the acetabulum. Any illness or injury that causes inflammation will cause this space to fill with fluid or blood, which stretches the hip capsule and results in pain.
ABC Physical Therapy provides physical therapy for the treatment of hip pain, regardless of the cause. Generally, our physical therapists will perform a quick examination, focusing on uncovering the cause of your hip pain. Range of motion, strength and sensation of the hip are commonly tested during an initial physical therapy examination. Then therapist will then diagnose and prescribe appropriate exercises based on the findings of the examination.