Ways to check if you need treatment for hip pain

Tom Codrington Physiotherapist I'm a physiotherapist at our clinic at Nuffield Health Paddington gym and I'm also the lead for our Advanced Level Physiotherapy service. More by this author
Have you been experiencing pain or discomfort in or around your hip? Here's some quick tests you can do at home to see if you could benefit from treatment.

With all that life brings, we can often start to feel little niggles and pains. At times, these issues can come and go and not cause many problems, though other times they can really can get in the way of doing our everyday activities.

In general, keeping active will help most issues, but if self-managing your symptoms isn’t working, you may benefit from physiotherapy.

If you’re concerned about pain specifically in your hip, groin, buttock or upper leg, working out if you have painful or restricted range of movement with any the following will help determine if you need to see a physiotherapist.

3 tests to check for hip problems

  1. Lying on your back or sitting, can you bring your knee to your chest? Assist with your hands if you need to.

  2. Lying on your back, can you move your leg out to the side without moving your trunk?

  3. Sitting on a chair, can you place your ankle on the opposite knee and let the knee drop down as far as possible?

For each test, compare both sides of your body. You may find the test easier on one side than the other, and many people notice this.

Other common symptoms that indicate you could benefit from physiotherapy treatment include:

  • Stiffness in the hip area following a period of inactivity such as sitting
  • Stiffness getting up in the morning which eases with 15 minutes of activity
  • Pain or difficulty getting in/out of a car
  • Difficulty and pain with putting shoes and socks on
  • Pain during, or after periods of exercise or activity.

If any of these are reproducing your symptoms, you may benefit from seeing a physiotherapist for a full assessment and help you plan the next steps.

Tuesday 1 October 2019