Hip Pain

Hip pain can be very painful and extremely debilitating. 

There can be several causes including trauma, arthritis, sports injury, and muscle imbalance.  

Common hip conditions: 

Trochanteric bursitis

Trochanteric bursitis is inflammation (swelling) of the  bursa (fluid-filled sac near a joint) at the outside point of the hip known as the greater  trochanter 

When this bursa becomes irritated or inflamed, it causes pain in the hip and can be red and warm to touch. 

Treatments include 

  • Osteopathic treatment  
  • Ice to reduce inflammation and pain  
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (please ask GP before using) 
  • Avoiding strenuous activity 
  • Kinesio Taping 
  • If there is no improvement then steroid injections may be offered by a doctor 

Tendonopathies & Muscle Strains 

Tendonopathy is a term used to describe an inflamed tendon that has failed to heal. 

A muscle strain is tiny tears in the muscle. These can however lead to bigger tears and eventually a full rupture. 

Treatments include 

Hip Pain


When joint surfaces become rough and irregular due to bony growths (known as osteophytes), it is known as osteoarthritis. This can happen in any joint such as the shoulder, knee and hip. 

There are four stages in arthritis: minor, mild, moderate, and severe. 

It is only when osteoarthritis becomes severe that hip replacement surgery may be warranted due to the boneonbone contact. 

In the minor, mild and moderate stages, however, the majority of pain is caused by the soft tissue surrounding the joint. In this case, the hip joint.  

Our osteopaths can assess and treat the soft tissues such as the ligaments, tendons and muscles surrounding the hip to help alleviate some of the symptoms.  

This can include deep soft tissue massage, articulation, stretching while also addressing other issues that may have been caused by the arthritis, including exercise and rehab advice.  In chronic cases, we may use shockwave therapy to relieve some of the symptoms.   

Treatments include: