Pelvis, Hip or Thigh

The Pelvis, Hip and Thigh can suffer a variety of pain and injuries. Here are the most frequently asked questions. For further information and to book an appointment to treat your injury or pain, call us on 97839990.

Common Issues

Osteitis Pubis

Osteitis Pubis refers to changes that can occur in the front of the pelvis, or the pubic bone. Loosely it can be phrased as the ‘Shin Splints’ of the Pelvis. Usually this is caused by inflammations of the iliopsoas muscle, which causes problems with mobility and pain.

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Hip Impingement

The hip is a ball and socket joint and provides a platform for all of our lower limb movements. It is a stable joint containing cartilage (acetabula labrum) and also has surrounding soft tissues to hold it in place

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Hip Bursitis

The Trochanteric Bursa is a pouch of fluid that is located between the outer point of the thigh (femur) and the overlying Gluteal muscles (muscles that stabilize and move the hip). The Trochanteric Bursa helps to provide a smoother surface for the Gluteal Tendons to slide over and prevent friction against the underlying bone.

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Groin Strain

The groin is made up of a number of muscles called your ‘adductors’ and assist in providing support for your hip and pelvis as well as assisting with pivoting and sideways movements.

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Hamstring Strain

The hamstrings muscle group (posterior thigh) is comprised of three muscles: biceps femoris, semitendinosus and semimembranosus.

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Hip Arthritus

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of Hip Arthritis. Osteoarthritis causes degeneration of the joint surfaces leading to pain and loss of function.

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Pelvic Floor

Pelvic floor muscles in men and women are a group of muscles which form a sling of support from the pubic bne at the frotn of the pelvis, to the tail bone at the back. They also stretch out to the side towards the "sitting bones"of your pelvis

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Pelvic Instability

Pelvic Instability of Pelvic Girdle pain describes pregnancy related pain. During pregnancy a hormone called "relaxin" circulates in the boy and softens ligaments. This loosening is a normal process but unfortunately in some women the natural loosening process causes pain

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Quadricep Strain

The quadriceps muscle group (front of the thigh) is comprised of four muscles: rectus femoris, vastus medialis (VMO), vastus lateralia (VL) and castus intermedius. An experienced practitioner can determine what is contributing to your quadricep injury to ensure the best treatment

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Frequently Asked Questions

How Long Will Hip Arthritis Last?

The joint degeneration associated with arthritis is permanent, however much of the pain and loss of function associated can be reduced with specific and targeted exercise programs. Activity modification and biomechanic correction can also significantly slow joint degeneration. If left untreated hip osteoarthritis will continue to progress causing pain and loss of movement and walking ability, and in many cases lead to an early hip joint replacement.

What Does Pelvic Instability/Pelvic Girdle Pain Mean In Pregnancy?

Pelvic Instability or Pelvic Girdle Pain describes pregnancy related pelvic pain. During pregnancy, a hormone called “relaxin” circulates in the body and softens ligaments. Ligaments are the strong bands of tissue which hold joints together. The pelvic joints need to loosen in preparation for the delivery of the baby. This loosening is a normal process but unfortunately in some women the natural loosening process causes pain.

What is Hamstring Strain?

Hamstring strain can come on suddenly often when over striding or when the muscle is forcibly lengthening (sudden take off) or can build up over a period of time due to fatigue or weakness. Often there may be associated back, hip or pelvic problems that underpins your hamstring injury.

What Are The Symptoms of a Quadriceps (Thigh) Strain?

The main symptoms of a Quadricep strain are a sudden and sharp pain at the front of the thigh with immediate loss of power. There is often an increasing pain and tightness when bending the knee with pain while walking.

How Can I Improve My Pelvic Floor Muscles?

So, we know we are supposed to do pelvic floor exercises if we've had children. But there are lots of other people who also need to do exercises to prevent health problems.

In theory we are trying to find time to do 3 sets of 8 to 12 squeezes per day. How long you should hold each squeeze and with how much effort depends a little on the individual. If you struggle to know whether you are doing things right then you should probably see a Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist to show you how.

Whatever stage you’re at, we’re ready to help.

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