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Hip Injuries

Are you experiencing hip pain? You may have one of the following:

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A  bruise caused by direct contact to the front hip bone.  This injury can produce extreme pain and limit normal motion at the hip and trunk.  Because of close proximity of internal organs, follow-up with a family physician is advised to rule out potential fracture or internal injury.  Range of motion exercises may begin to help minimize pain and swelling if all other injuries are ruled out. Ice and anti-inflammatories will also help reduce the effects of the injury.

Piriformis Syndrome:

This condition refers to irritation of the piriformis muscle which lies underneath the gluteus muscle, or buttock.  Because the sciatic nerve passes underneath or through the piriformis muscle, burning or numbness/tingling may occur due to nerve irritation.  Pain may start in the buttock and radiate down the affected leg.  It is important to seek proper medical attention to rule out referred pain from the spine. In most cases, piriformis syndrome may be alleviated through anti-inflammatories, and lower extremity flexibility program, if spine problems are ruled out.

Iliotibial Band Syndrome:

Inflammation of the thick, fibrous tissue that runs from the top of the hip to just below the knee.  This injury commonly occurs in runners and can be very debilitating.  Formal rehabilitation may be required to reduce pain and inflammation and restore proper muscle balances throughout the pelvic region.  Once the pain diminishes, a thorough running analysis may be completed to prevent recurrence of the injury.

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