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MSK Physiotherapy - Hip

Important Information - Please Read

Please read the following information and then use the links at the bottom of the page if you are looking for further information or exercise.

Important Facts About Your Hip - Please Read

Here is a list of the main problems and concerns we would recommend you get checked out by a health professional before commencing self-management exercise. These are called Red Flags and may indicate a more serious problem that requires medical assessment.

Symptoms That Are Present After Trauma

If your symptoms are caused by a recent traumatic incident (e.g. a fall, football tackle) and you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Extensive bruising and/ or swelling around your hip and thigh
  • Severe pain and very limited movement of your hip/ Leg
  • Leg deformity e.g. foot not sitting in normal position
  • Difficulty putting weight through the injured leg

NOTE: If you have underlying low bone density (e.g. osteoporosis) smaller amounts of force can cause the problems listed above.

Symptoms Where No Trauma Was Involved

  • Severe pain and / or inability to stand on one leg
  • Significant loss of hip movement
  • Heat, redness and swelling around your hip
  • Fever or generally feeling unwell at same time as hip pain developed
  • Pain and/ or stiffness in other joints at the same time as hip pain developed.
  • Constant pain which does not change with rest or activity
  • Significant pain at night with or without night sweats
  • Unexplained weight loss and/ or a previous history of cancer
  • Unexplained lumps and bumps that appear or are changing/ growing

NOTE: Special attention should be taken if you have a history of long-term steroid use/ immunosuppressive drugs, recent joint replacement, surgery or steroid injection. Rheumatoid arthritis or other joint disease. Recent infection, Intravenous drug use or alcohol misuse.


Last Updated: 09 June 2021