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Hip Bursitis Treatment In Chelmsford

Effective Hip Pain Treatment

By finding the root cause, treating and then creating a plan to keep you pain free…

Common causes of Hip Pain

If your hip pain appears gradually, it is usually hip bursitis. There are other hip pain causes too:

  • Hip Bursitis: Hip bursitis is inflammation of the small fluid-filled sacs (bursae) that cushion the bones near your hip joint. Pain from hip bursitis typically occurs around the outside of the hip and in the groin area.
  • Osteoarthritis: Osteoarthritis is caused by wear-and-tear damage to the cartilage in your joints.
  • Labral Tears: The labrum is a ring of firm, rubbery tissue surrounding the socket of your hip joint that helps keep the ball at the top of your thighbone firmly within the socket. A labral tear is a tear or detachment of this cartilage, and can lead to hip instability, pain and grinding sensations in the joint.
  • Tendinitis or Tendon Tears: Tendinitis is inflammation of a tendon, while a tendon tear is a partial or complete rupture. Both tendinitis and tendon tears are common causes of hip pain.
  • Avascular Necrosis: Avascular necrosis is a condition in which the bones of the hip joint don't receive enough blood supply, resulting in tissue death and weakening of the bone. This can cause pain and difficulty walking.
  • Fracture: A fracture or break in the bone around your hip joint can cause severe hip pain. Common causes include falls, motor vehicle accidents and sports injuries. If you have a hip fracture, your healthcare provider will likely recommend surgery to repair the bone.

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45 Minutes First Appointment £85
30 Minutes Return Appointment £66

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45 Minutes First Appointment £75
30 Minutes Return Appointment £60

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45 Minutes First Appointment £65
30 Minutes Return Appointment £54
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Hip Pain explained

Hip pain can severely limit our activities, making it difficult or even impossible to perform routine tasks such as walking up stairs or driving a car. It can also affect our social lives by limiting our mobility and preventing us from participating in activities we once enjoyed. Additionally, hip pain can lead to emotional distress due to the constant discomfort it causes and its impact on our quality of life. For these reasons, it is important to seek medical attention if you are experiencing chronic hip pain in order to find the right treatment plan for your individual situation.

How does an Osteopath treat Hip Pain?

In the case of hip pain, an osteopath may use manual manipulation techniques to adjust the joint, as well as hot and cold therapies to reduce inflammation and promote healing.

Massage therapy helps promote circulation and reduce muscle spasms, while stretching exercises increase flexibility in the muscles around the hip joint. Lastly, stabilisation exercises help strengthen the muscles of the hip and pelvis to reduce stress on the bursae and decrease pain. With these techniques, an osteopath can provide relief from hip bursitis symptoms and help you get back to your daily activities.

Additionally, an osteopath may also provide advice on lifestyle modifications that can help reduce hip pain and improve your quality of life. Ultimately, by working closely with your osteopath you can create a customised treatment plan to address your individual needs.

How long does it typically take to recover from Hip Pain?

The amount of time it takes to recover from hip pain can vary depending on the cause and severity of the condition. Generally, mild hip pain may take a few days or weeks to resolve with rest and at-home treatments such as hot/cold compresses and over-the-counter medications. Moderate cases may require more intensive treatment, including physical therapy, medication, and possibly a course of injections. Severe hip pain may require surgery to repair the joint or underlying tissue damage, which can take several months to fully heal. Overall, it is important to consult with your healthcare provider in order to determine the best treatment plan for your individual situation.

Treatment Summary

Treatment

The osteopath will then use gentle manipulation, stretching and massage to help reduce pain and stiffness.

No. Of Visits

In some cases, a single visit may be enough to reduce pain and discomfort. In more severe or long-term conditions, a course of treatments may be necessary to achieve lasting relief.

Rehabilitation

We will also provide advice on lifestyle changes, such as exercise or ways to improve posture, that can help support recovery.

Hip Pain Treatment Posts

Should You Train Through An Injury?

A question I often get asked is, ‘can I keep training with this injury?’. Many of my patients are passionate about their fitness pursuits, and the thought of missing a week or more of training is upsetting to them.

I can sympathise with this because I love to train too. I am currently training for an ultramarathon, and during my plan, I have had three niggles that I was convinced would stick with me until the race.

Well, thankfully, the short answer is, ‘yes’, you can train through injury. In my case, I made a few adjustments to my plan, and I was able to keep up with my weekly mileage whilst the injuries recovered. I am now back to running injury-free and I didn’t take any rest.

Before we get into it, I want to make a little caveat to this article; the advice here should be taken carefully. Some injuries should be rested, and I do advise this from time to time. I will try my best to explain how to train through pain, but if you are ever in doubt, seek advice from a professional.

With that said, yes, you can train through (most) injuries. The reason for this is that science is starting to realise that recovery from injury largely happens in the brain. There are cellular changes that need to happen locally in a damaged tissue, which is facilitated by the nervous and immune systems, but the way the brain processes what has happened and how it coordinates the body in response to the injury is perhaps a more important factor in one’s recovery.

When you are training, you are sending information up to the brain that helps it reconfigure your movement patterns, and this also helps coordinate the response from the immune system.

The other important benefit of continuing to exercise is that you are staying strong. Strength (or lack of it) is the number one predictor of one’s risk of injury. It’s important to note that strength is task-specific, so if you are a runner, it is important to stay ‘running strong’, and the best way to do that is to run!

The way I think about problems in the body is that if we are taking two steps forward and only one step back, we’re winning. So the goal when training is to not aggravate the system so much that you’re taking two steps forwards and two steps back.

If you are injured, I have a few rules to follow which should help you win the battle:

  1. Try to find a way to adapt your training to not aggravate the injury. With gym work, this is easy because you can always take out the movement patterns that aggravate the pain. For example, if you have a shoulder injury that doesn’t like overhead press but can cope with bench press and pull-downs, you can keep training your shoulders by avoiding the overhead press movement. Often, strengthening the joint with planes of motion that don’t cause pain will help the plane that is struggling.You can play with other variables too. Reducing the load, the speed and the range of motion can activate the muscles and joints in a way that is safer. Over time, you can increase these variables back to their original levels.With running, this can be a bit trickier. One of my injuries was a foot problem which caused stabbing pain in the ball of my foot each time it hit the ground. This isn’t ideal as a runner because my feet often need to hit the floor! I found a way to manage it, though, by changing my gait to more of a ‘waddle’, running on trails instead of roads and reducing my speed. Although this was a much slower run, I was getting the miles in, which helped me stay on track for the ultra.
  1. Pay attention to the first few minutes of your session, and things should get easier. If they progressively get worse, that is probably your body’s way of asking you to stop. Most problems get a bit easier when you are warmed up, and this is a sign that you can continue, but listen to the language of your body and stop if you need to.
  1. Get treatment and do the rehab. Getting a good diagnosis, hands-on treatment, and personalised exercises from a professional can help accelerate the recovery process. The body is a healing machine, and anything we can do to enhance the body’s natural power will increase the likelihood that an injury will recover even if you are training on it.

Are there any times that you shouldn’t exercise through injury? Yes, of course! Everything I have spoken about above involves adapting your training in a way where you manage the pain to prevent it from getting worse. This often involves reducing the intensity significantly to find a level of training that works for you.

Sometimes, however, this isn’t possible. This is why I often advise my patients to avoid matches, races and team events where the intensity is out of their control. It’s one thing to train on your own in an intelligent, controlled way, but another to ramp up the intensity and put your body at risk.

If pain and injury are holding you back, we can help in this clinic. We also like to discuss lifestyle factors, not just to get you out of pain but to live a healthy life with well-being as a priority.

Pigeon Pose Tips And Tricks

Benefits Of The Pigeon Pose

The pigeon pose is one of my favourite stretches!

I call it a ‘keystone stretch’ because the pigeon pose helps to unlock so many things. The stretch primarily targets the glutes and the piriformis, but it will also be helping some of the deep rotators of the hip. Some of these muscles have connective tissue attachments to the lower lumbar ligaments and to something called the ‘thoracolumbar fascia’ which spans from the pelvis to the thorax.

So you can see why I call it a keystone stretch! Loosening the back of the hip and pelvis really can have a huge impact on the rest of the body. (For the anatomy geeks among you, check out the muscles of the hip here.)

How To Do The Pigeon Pose

We call it a ‘pose’, but really I don’t think of it that way. I prefer to think of it as a framework to help explore my body through movement.

Here are some of the little nuances and tricks I use to engage with the tissues a bit more and to find the bits that need the stretch the most.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PhHZsmVK1nA

I often recommend the pigeon pose to help unlock a stiff lower back, tight hips, or if someone is either very active with exercise, or very sedentary with lots of sitting.

The stretch can be fairly intense, so it is not always recommended if you are in acute pain and it is best to check with your osteopath to see if it is right for you. Always follow the principle that a stretch should feel ‘nice’. If it becomes sore, stop until you get to see your health professional.

You can find out more about how we treat back pain here and hip pain here.

If you want to see how the pigeon pose might fit into a complete hip stretching routine, have a look at this video.

Osteopath Reviews

Keeping Chelmsford Moving
Velda Curry
Velda Curry
08:44 04 Jul 24
Chris and team are professional, knowledgeable, kind and positive.I visited recently for a shoulder problem and after a couple of treatments and doing the exercises it's much better. Osteopathy has changed, no more the crunching a cracking of your joints, it's gentle rhythmic massage with some deep manipulations, not painful.I recommend this type of therapy.Sign up for the heathly news letter, it's always an interesting read.
David Brett
David Brett
15:32 15 Apr 24
Very good friendly service, would recommend to anyone.
Terry Quigley
Terry Quigley
10:28 25 Mar 24
My experience with Forte has proved exceptional. My engagement has been with Gemma, sports massage expert. I went for a specific issue and now regularly go because she has (a) solved the problem and (b) worked hard on reoccurrence and general well being. If anyone needs a sports massage try her. You won't be disappointed.
Mike Venner
Mike Venner
11:05 16 Mar 24
Took my wife kicking and screaming as she didn't think it would solve her week long back pain. An hour later she came out with a beaming smile and I had the look of "I told you so".Awesome service, no doubt we will be back
Stephen Kemp
Stephen Kemp
14:28 07 Feb 24
Vey good visit went through what treatment I would need very good treatment very polite has helped my condition hopefully will progress to terminate the pain I am suffering
Maurice Crockard
Maurice Crockard
13:50 05 Oct 23
Chris sorted out my long-standing neck problem which was showing no signs of improving through rest. Great guy - give him a go and I don't think you'll regret it.
Charlotte
Charlotte
12:04 18 Sep 23
Everytime ive needed treatment for my pain the staff have been so lovely, informative and helpful. I always recommend these guys to anyone as i know they go above and beyond to help you. Big shoutout to the new assiocate osteopath Harry who is very down to earth and easy to have a chat with. He did a great job of treating my shoulder pain, informing me about next steps to take, exercises to do and making me feel at ease. 👍✨️
Amar Mistry
Amar Mistry
11:39 02 Aug 23
Fantastic clinic, Chris has always been able to get me moving again from running injuries, martial arts to crossfit.Worth a visit!
Lucy Hughes
Lucy Hughes
12:59 25 Jul 23
Can't recommend Chris and his team highly enough. Professional, knowledgeable, and all round miracle-worker!
guy oliver
guy oliver
11:50 25 Jul 23
Went for a first appointment for RSI with Chris. Simply incredible. Listened carefully, very calm and then offered helpful advice. Worked on my back and shoulders and arms and explained connections between different parts. Provided exercises via video and Youtube (for a secondary issue which he was kind enough to offer help on as well even though the session was meant for RSI). Already booked a 2nd appointment and feeling super happy.The receptionist was lovely and kind and the atmosphere of the place is superb as well. 10/10 overall for everything.
Tom Regan
Tom Regan
20:55 03 Jul 23
It's such a welcoming atmosphere in the clinic, and the team at Forte are outstanding! Very knowledgeable and they work with you to support your injury/condition! Highly recommend!!
Verity Roberson
Verity Roberson
18:37 24 Jun 23
I've seen Niro on and off for a few years now when needed and would highly recommend. I even took my 11 years old daughter who's Autistic to see him, he was amazing with her. His manner is professional but friendly. I've previously had a negative experience with another well known clinic in Chelmsford, felt as if they were just interested in the money and doing more treatments than needed, i have never had this with Niro. Great staff, lovely place, highly recommended.
Lay T
Lay T
10:55 06 Jun 23
Great first appointment, Chris listened hard and responded with appropriate treatment
liam tulit
liam tulit
06:25 04 May 23
I had an excellent and professional experience at the Forte Physical Health Osteopathy Clinic, thanks to Gemma's exceptional skills. The treatment left me feeling absolutely rejuvenated, and I won't hesitate to recommend her services to my friends and family. I am definitely looking forward to returning for another amazing massage!
Tracy Chaplin
Tracy Chaplin
04:04 03 May 23
Very Comfortable there,great people and very helpful 👌 👍 ☺️
Hayley Watts
Hayley Watts
10:01 12 Apr 23
Highly recommend. Having been recommended myself!
Pete
Pete
12:06 22 Mar 23
I have been looked after by James and couldn’t recommend high enough. After 3 visits my back pain has disappeared and was treated extremely well by James and the team. Very friendly and I will recommend to anyone!
Jordan Powell
Jordan Powell
19:25 14 Mar 23
I've been in and had a sports massage with Gemma multiple times now and have always left feeling so much better. Would 100% recommend to any office workers that are slouched over a desk all day and suffering with pain.
Darren Hadlow
Darren Hadlow
18:25 22 Feb 23
Contacted Forte Physical Health OsteopathsGreat friendly conversation with receptionist that booked me in with James C that has provided me with a great friendly service.I would defiantly recommend and have recommended people to this practice
David Cullen
David Cullen
15:04 17 Feb 23
Great place Niro has sorted my back out no end very professional and knowledgeable.
John Matthews
John Matthews
11:28 04 Feb 23
Very knowledgeable and good at pinpointing problem. Exercise program backed up by u-tube video to enable accurate execution. Car parking available on site.
Justin Lloyd
Justin Lloyd
09:39 15 Oct 22
Chris and his team offerJust a fantastic practice,offering great advice and support with a wide range of treatment plans to help all ages with any ailments..🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Catherine Marriott
Catherine Marriott
07:44 13 Oct 22
I have seen Chris several times in relation to running injuries. Not only is he helpful and knowledgeable on the injury I have presented with but he is very keen to advise on how I can help myself with my running in the long term - he has made me think differently about how I run and what my long term aims are. Chris very much sees the "whole picture" and will send helpful videos and links to you by email after your consultation if necessary.
Neil Boughen
Neil Boughen
10:44 07 Oct 22
Amazing treatment to help me recover from a sports injury. James Di Cicco is extremely knowledgeable and friendly. I will be going back the next time I manage to injure myself! Highly recommended
Keith Stanley (Stan)
Keith Stanley (Stan)
17:49 16 Sep 22
Chris must be one of the best in his field. He's put me back together a few times, and will probably help me on my road to recovery the next time I injure myself.
Adam Moody
Adam Moody
21:18 27 Jul 22
Saw James P today who was very helpful and gave me instant relief after treatment and some homework to be getting on with until my next visit. I have also seen Chris in the past regarding a separate issue and still have the videos on my phone with the stretches to refer to when I need to stretch out. Great place and great team. I've never been one for going to these sorts of places and was a little apprehensive as to what to expect compared to your standard gp visit however, it's nothing like that and I have 100% confidence that my current issue will be resolved as was the previous. 👍👍👍
G M
G M
05:57 08 Jul 22
Always get great treatment here, the team are very helpful and Chris Branch is excellent
Vicky Gallagher
Vicky Gallagher
08:21 05 May 22
Chris views are sometimes outside the box which I find very helpful. Today's email was about motivation and I will remember and act on his advice as it makes such sense.
Brian Harris
Brian Harris
11:07 22 Apr 22
Chris Branch is an excellent osteopath and I strongly recommend him as he has helped me with my back problems. By seeing him regularly and doing the exercises he provides, I am pleased to be pain free and able to live a normal active life.
Balaji L
Balaji L
22:49 29 Mar 22
Acupuncture sports massage was provided by Gemma Templeton, it was a professional care massage. She was very professional and friendly. I highly recommend her and this health clinic.
Gina Cleere
Gina Cleere
20:26 24 Mar 22
Really friendly and helpful, I has a running assessment with Chris which was both interesting and very revealing. Professional service with lots of helpful info and some great solutions. Parking is available behind the surgery.
Louise Fairman
Louise Fairman
16:29 21 Feb 22
Quality osteopaths. Chris is great
Zoe Jasztal
Zoe Jasztal
20:38 14 Oct 21
I have seen James and Niro and both guys have helped my ongoing neck issue so much! A brilliant clinic with a truly excellent team.
Trudy herholdt
Trudy herholdt
15:08 28 Sep 21
Niro is very good and a lovely person. Always feel better after a treatment
Ruth Muller
Ruth Muller
20:04 26 Aug 21
This place is the best and the staff are very good and helpful.The service is excellent.
Holly Gregory
Holly Gregory
11:18 19 Aug 21
I can't recommend Forte highly enough. Niro was my osteopath for several months and was very warm, professional and thorough. His suspected diagnosis was confirmed by an MRI and he helped me to manage my pain via treatment until I needed to have surgery to resolve the problem fully. The ​practice is very clean and covid safe. Should I need an osteopath again I won't hesitate to go back.
Joseph Wareham
Joseph Wareham
18:21 02 Nov 20
Niro is a top level G. Feel like a million bucks after a session
Lynsey Smith
Lynsey Smith
10:58 29 Oct 20
The highest levels of service, professionalism and expertise all delivered by an extremely friendly team. I cannot recommend Chris and the Forte team highly enough.
Joyce Paramor
Joyce Paramor
05:05 20 Oct 20
I feel very safe it is very clean and staff are polite and helpful , keeps me out of pain
Mark Godson
Mark Godson
16:13 11 Sep 20
Excellent osteopath and friendly colleagues; modern, clean premises; parking; walking distance from city centre.
Catherine Mears
Catherine Mears
11:46 09 Jun 20
Fantastic and professional service by Chris. I had left a note on my booking prior to my visit as I had never visited an osteopath before and was a little apprehensive, especially during these strange times - Chris responded very promptly and put my mind at ease straight away. He was extremely informative during the appointment and I left feeling a few feet taller! Since then, my back has improved rapidly and I am continuing the recommended stretches at home. The clinic itself is spotless and Chris has taken more than appropriate measures to ensure that the guidelines are followed. I will certainly recommend the clinic to anyone and look forward to visiting again in the future! Thanks again, Chris!
Eleanor Sampson
Eleanor Sampson
13:41 21 Apr 20
I have been seeing Niro for osteopathy on and off for 2 years now. I have a recurring back issue from a childhood sports injury which is further exacerbated by the strain that pregnancy and breastfeeding puts on my body, meaning I need some work 1 or 2 times a year, and he's always been able to help me in a couple of sessions.He does really good soft tissue work as well as manipulation (i.e. when your back cracks).Initially I was a bit worried seeing a male osteopath as previously I have gone to centres that specialise in women's care, but Niro is super professional and kind, and I would recommend him to anyone that is having back,/neck/hip etc pain.
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Chris Branch
Principal Osteopath

We understand that taking the first steps to becoming pain free is always a big decision.

I'd like to personally reassure you that every case is dealt with respectfully, transparently and with care.

Please book your initial appointment and our knowledgeable practitioners will be able to guide you toward feeling great again.

Private Health Insurance

Osteopathy is often covered by private health insurance, but in some cases it is an additional element of the policy or you may need to get a referral from your GP or approval in advance. It is best to contact your insurer and ask about the details and process for your particular policy. We can invoice direct to the insurer if appropriate.

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