Your hip is the joint where your thigh bone meets your pelvis bone. Your hips are very stable and it takes great force to seriously damage a healthy hip. The motion and support of the hip is controlled largely by the muscles of the thigh and buttock.

Pain from the pelvis, sacroiliac joints and low back are often described as hip pain, and perceived in the buttock. Pain from the hip joint itself is often perceived in the groin, and not in the buttock.

A handful of overuse and sports injuries are associated with the hip; some male adolescents may experience growth-related hip problems, and some women may also face pelvis- or hip-related difficulties during pregnancy. However, the majority of hip problems are associated with aging, disease, and fractures as we age. Elderly people are subject to the most serious problems: life- threatening hip fractures that are often due to osteoporosis, the disease that causes brittle bones.


Hamstring Strain – The hamstrings are of four muscles that extend (straighten) the leg at the hip and flex (bend) the leg at the knee. Relative weakness or inflexibility of the hamstrings often contribute to a hamstring strain. Hamstring strains usually cause acute pain and occur during strenuous activity; however, they can develop over days or weeks. Like calf strains, hamstring strains often take time to recover, and reinjury can occur. But the long-term outcome after a hamstring strain injury is usually excellent and complications are few.

Hip Osteoarthritis and Hip Replacement – A wide variety of disorders result in hip disease that causes pain, limits motion, and restricts a person’s ability to participate in daily activities. Manual physical therapy and hip replacement surgery can relieve pain and restore function. If you require hip replacement surgery, the primary goal of this surgery is to relieve pain. The primary goal of physical therapy following hip replacement surgery is to restore function.

Calf Strain – A calf muscle strain is a common injury that can occur when you overdo it physically—whether by stretching too far, changing direction or speed abruptly, landing awkwardly, or colliding with another player during a sporting event. A calf strain is a common injury in sports that involve sudden bursts of speed, such as soccer, running, and hockey. A calf strain usually causes acute pain and occurs during strenuous activity; however, it can develop over days or weeks. Although calf strains often take a long time to recover and the rate of recurrence is high, the long-term outcome after a calf strain injury is usually good.

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