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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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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
Very good friendly service, would recommend to anyone.
David Brett
David Brett
15:32 15 Apr 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.
Terry Quigley
Terry Quigley
10:28 25 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
Mike Venner
Mike Venner
11:05 16 Mar 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
Stephen Kemp
Stephen Kemp
14:28 07 Feb 24
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.
Maurice Crockard
Maurice Crockard
13:50 05 Oct 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. 👍✨️
Charlotte
Charlotte
12:04 18 Sep 23
Fantastic clinic, Chris has always been able to get me moving again from running injuries, martial arts to crossfit.Worth a visit!
Amar Mistry
Amar Mistry
11:39 02 Aug 23
Can't recommend Chris and his team highly enough. Professional, knowledgeable, and all round miracle-worker!
Lucy Hughes
Lucy Hughes
12:59 25 Jul 23
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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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