When to Seek Physical Therapy Assistance for Your Hip Pain

Hip pain can develop for many reasons in your life, especially if you’re an active person. During physical activity, it is possible to strain the hip muscles, which can lead to short-term hip pain. Strains to the groin and hamstrings can also relate to hip pain.

If you’re experiencing acute hip pain due to a muscle strain, you should use the following advice to help manage your pain at home:

  • Rest — This doesn’t mean you have to stay in bed for a couple of days, but you should cut back on the amount of activity you put your hip through. Try to avoid keeping the hip bent for long periods of time, and avoid sleeping on your side to reduce pressure on the sore area.  
  • Heat — Heating can help reduce inflammation and pain in the sore area, and it can help prepare the muscles for stretching. Try icing the sore area as well to help reduce the pain.  
  • Medicate — Over-the-counter pain medication can be helpful for reducing your pain while the hip heals.

Pain related to strains and minor conditions usually goes away after a few days, but hip pain that lingers or is severe should be addressed by a medical professional. This kind of hip pain may be a sign of a more extreme condition.

What to do if you have severe hip pain

When your hip pain is severe or lasts for more than a few days, you should seek medical assistance. Licensed medical professionals, like your primary care provider or a physical therapist, can help identify the cause of your pain and develop a treatment.

Cases of severe and chronic hip pain are commonly caused by the following:

  • Tendonitis
  • Arthritis
  • Stress Fracture
  • Dislocation
  • Tears and more

At Back in Motion Physical Therapy, we use the latest treatment methods and technology to help patients improve their quality of life, including hip pain patients. At one of our clinics, an experienced physical therapist will work one-on-one with you to develop a personalized treatment to assist in reducing your pain and restoring your mobility.

Would you like to speak with a physical therapist at Back in Motion Physical Therapy about your hip pain? Contact us today to schedule an appointment at one of our five locations to discover how we may help you.