Alleviate your hip and knee pain and get back to enjoying your life.
The hip joint is a ball and socket joint. The ball of the femur sits inside the socket (acetabulum) of the pelvic bone known as the ilium. Surrounding your hip joint are the powerful glute and deep core muscles. Patients often come in complaining of hip pain in a multitude of places: the front of the hip, side of the hip, back of the hip, groin, or buttocks.
What causes hip pain?
It’s important to know where someone feels pain, as that will help discern what is actually causing it. Sometimes it is in the joint itself, other times it’s caused by a strain, tear or weakness of the surrounding hip or deep core muscles. The pain could also come from your back.
Pain in the groin may be coming from the hip joint itself or it could be a strain of the groin (hip adductor) muscles. Pain in the front of the hip could be from the hip flexor (psoas) or quadriceps muscles. Pain on the side of the hip can be many things: trochanteric bursitis, glute strain/tear/weakness, TFL (tensor fascia lata) strain, IT band pain, or radiating (radicular) pain into the hip coming from the back. Pain in the back of the hip is usually an SI (sacroiliac) joint issue. The common denominator of all hip pain is a weakness of the deep core or pelvic floor muscles which work together to stabilize your pelvis as you move through life.
The knee is like the middle child, taking the fall for the older or younger child. This means that knee issues often originate from somewhere above, like the hip or back, or below, like the foot or ankle.
The knee joint is made up of the femur, tibia, and fibula. The ligaments on either side of the knee and in between the joint are vulnerable to stresses and strain when there isn’t sufficient strength or mobility from above or below, leading to degeneration of the bones and/or the soft tissues within the joint — cartilage, menisci, or ligaments.
What is the biggest mistake you can make if you have pain?
The biggest mistake you can make is to ignore your pain, or think you can just rest and it will go away. While a short period of rest may be appropriate, ignoring the pain is often a recipe for pain to become chronic, more difficult to treat, and you may develop other issues while compensating for the original issue.
What happens when you come in to The Manual Touch?
Your therapist will use a Whole Body Approach to evaluate you and determine the root causes of your condition. Then, you’ll be prescribed a unique treatment plan using traditional and non-traditional manual therapy and exercises. You’ll learn how to move appropriately throughout your day and night, so as not to aggravate your condition. Our ultimate goal is to help you reclaim function, life, movement, and enjoyment of the activities you love.
Common Hip and Knee conditions we treat
- Greater trochanteric bursitis
- Hip bursitis
- Tendonitis or tendinopathy
- Patellofemoral pain
- Patellar tendonitis/tendinopathy
- IT band syndrome
- Piriformis syndrome
- Glute strain/weakness
- Labrum tear
- Knee strain
- Hip flexor (psoas) strain
- Pes Anserine bursitis
- Tensor fascia lata (TFL) strain
- Meniscus tear