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What is referred pain in the hip?

Pain that originates in one area and can be experienced in different body parts such as the hip is known as referred pain. Referred pain in the hip can be successfully treated by physiotherapy.

How does referred pain in the hip happen?

Referred pain in the hip is usually due to damage to the lumbar spine or muscle in the lower back. If nerves become damaged in the lumbar spine, this may cause pain in the hip and groin area. Conditions such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis can cause referred pain in the hip. Symptoms may also be due to trauma and disc prolapses (‘slipped disc’).

What are the symptoms of referred pain in the hip?

Pins and needles, numbness and weakness in the hip and groin area are the most common symptoms of referred pain. If the nerves have been more seriously damaged, you may experience sharp and shooting sensations in the hip region. Other symptoms include:

What should I do if I have referred pain in the hip?

You may need to have an MRI scan or X-ray to determine the source of pain. Once this has been confirmed, you should see a physiotherapist as soon as possible to begin your rehabilitation.

Physiotherapy treatment for referred pain in the hip

There are many different physiotherapy treatments that can be used to approach your referred hip pain. Your programme will be specific to your personal goals and your physiotherapist will be adapted according to your progress. Physiotherapy may include a home exercise programme and hydrotherapy.Other effective treatments include:

What shouldn’t I do if I have referred pain in the hip?

If you recognise any of the symptoms of referred pain in the hip, do not ignore them or try and treat the condition yourself as this may prolong your rehabilitation.

Could there be any long-term effects of referred pain in the hip?

Referred pain in the hip usually resolves with physiotherapy in a short period of time. However, if the condition is more severe, your rehabilitation could take longer.

To arrange a physiotherapy assessment call on 0330 088 7800 or book an appointment online.

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