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When You Should Seek Professional Help for Your Hip Pain

Maybe you’ve been experiencing hip pain for quite some time. Or perhaps it comes and goes. You feel it during certain activities, but then also go days without noticing it. Yet, it keeps coming back. You’re beginning to wonder when and if you should seek professional help for your hip pain.

In this article, we’ll dive into what causes hip and groin pain, why sudden and severe hip pain may happen and how physiotherapy can help.

What is Causing Your Hip Pain?


Hip pain is generally described as varying levels of discomfort in the hip. This pain may also extend into the groin or thigh region. 

The hip itself is a very durable and sturdy joint. However, over time and with repetitive use, the cartilage can become worn down and the ligaments or tendons may become irritated. This can result in pain and other symptoms. 

The following outlines the most common causes of hip pain:

1. Arthritis

Arthritis is categorized as inflammation and stiffness of the joints. There are various types of arthritis. 

The most common type to impact the hip is osteoarthritis. This form of arthritis happens gradually as you age. The cartilage at the hip becomes worn down due to time and use. This creates pain, stiffness and inflammation at the joint. Many individuals also notice a reduced range of motion.

2. Bursitis

The hip joint contains bursa, fluid filled sacs that protect various structures from friction. However, with repeated use of the joint or following a hip injury, the bursae may become inflamed, causing pain. This isn’t usually a serious situation so long as proper rest and treatment is sought out. 

3. Hip Fracture

Hip fractures are more common in elderly patients, or individuals with osteoporosis. This type of injury may cause sudden and severe pain upon onset. If this happens, it’s best to seek immediate medical attention.

4. Tendonitis

Tendonitis happens when the tendon, the tissue that connects muscle to bone, becomes agitated. Usually, this happens from overuse or repetitive use. 

The tendons or muscles around the hip may also become strained, where they are pulled past their limits. This may tear or partially tear the tissue, resulting in pain.


What Causes Sudden Severe Hip Pain?

Sudden and severe hip pain that doesn’t come on gradually is likely caused by an injury of some kind. For example, a fracture may happen suddenly, causing severe pain initially. 

If you are experiencing any type of severe hip pain, whether you know what caused it or not, you should seek out immediate medical attention. There are many arteries and nerves that run through the hip. As such, complications may arise. It’s best to get treatment as soon as you can.

How Physio Can Help Reduce Your Hip Pain


For instances where your pain gradually arises or where you have pain that comes and goes, your doctor may recommend that you visit a physiotherapist. 

A physiotherapist can help reduce your pain, improve your overall function, increase your strength and increase your range of motion. Through manual therapy and prescribed exercises, a physiotherapist can help you get back to the activities you know and love.

At ADM Ottawa Physiotherapy, our trusted team is experienced in diagnosing and treating hip pain and similar issues. At your initial appointment, your physiotherapist will conduct a thorough assessment to ensure your treatment plan is tailored to you and your needs. 

Contact our clinic today to learn more. Find out how we can help you live a life where pain doesn’t hold you back!