Hip pain might be diagnosed as groin strain in the front of the hip, femoral acetabular impingement (FAI), or a tight hip flexor. It might be diagnosed as trochanteric bursitis or hip bursitis or IT band friction syndrome and be felt on the side of the hip. Also hip pain might be felt in the back of the hip and be diagnosed as an SI joint dysfunction or piriformis syndrome. Or you might have hip pain all over and it’s diagnosed as an arthritic hip.
The problem with all of these diagnoses is that they stop short of identifying the actual problem. What I mean is these identify a structural (damaged tissue) problem but they don’t address why that problem happening.
Did you know that there is one diagnosis that includes all these problems? Yup, there is a very common problem with the hip that almost no one seems to know about that can cause all of these symptoms.
It’s called anterior femoral glide syndrome (AFGS) which is a fancy term meaning the head of your thigh bone is moving forward in the hip socket when it shouldn’t.
This can pinch or tear tissues in the front, cause the bursa or IT band on the side to rub too much, or the piriformis muscle in the back to work too hard creating piriformis syndrome. It will even further irritate an arthritic hip.
Often anterior femoral glide syndrome will have its roots in a problem with poor walking habits, old knee or foot injuries, or even back issues.
The nice thing is, AFGS can be fixed relatively easily and all those symptoms will melt away.
We understand how the body works as a system here at Body in Balance Physical Therapy. In addition to manual therapy techniques, therapeutic dry needling, deep tissue laser and other types of treatments, we target how you’re using your body—fixing your habits. This is a powerful approach to fixing pain.
Regardless of whether you have hip pain diagnosed as:
We can help.
To learn more about how and why hip, knee, or foot pain typically happens, please watch this short video.
At Body in Balance Physical Therapy, we evaluate your entire system affecting your hip pain, from your rib cage to your feet.
We will likely have a new answer for you—one that is more complete. Please contact us to set up an appointment. Every new hip pain patient receives a free copy of my book, Fixing You: Hip & Knee Pain.
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