Symptoms of hip joint pain include pain that may manifest during movement or when sitting or lying down. The pain may be severe, making walking difficult or even intolerable.
Aside from pain caused by trauma, hip pain is very common, with a range of potential sources that include the actual joint, the surrounding soft tissue, or related muscles.
What causes hip joint pain?
In addition to trauma, the cause of most hip-related pain is acute or chronic maladapted neuromuscular function.
Acute functional problems occur when the body is pushed beyond its everyday functional capabilities.
Chronic functional problems occur gradually, when everyday activities don’t promote healthy function. Usually, these problems don’t cause pain or discomfort until the stress-related tissue damage builds to the point that it impedes movement.
In either case, most hip-related functional problems occur because of poor or maladapted neuromuscular function in the feet.
There is a direct biomechanical relationship between foot function and the way the legs and hips function.
An unstable foot, with a poorly functioning arch system, will result in poor bone alignment and imbalanced muscle use throughout the legs and hips. Over time, this maladapted foot, leg, and hip neuromuscular function becomes the norm and is the major contributing cause of virtually all nontraumatic hip joint pain.