Hip Pain


Treatment for hip pain in South Bristol

At the Bristol Back Pain Clinic, our chiropractors and osteopaths are experts in assessing, diagnosing and treating musculoskeletal conditions (problems with the joints, ligaments, tendons and nerves of the body) including hip pain.

Focus on hip pain

The hip joint is a ball and socket joint. It is made up of the femoral head (ball) which sits in the acetabulum (socket) as well as articular cartilage, fibrocartilage, ligaments and muscles. It is a weight bearing joint, which enables us to stand upright, walk and run smoothly. In fact the hips are involved in nearly every way we move and as such, issues with the hip joint can cause significant problems for patients.

Types of hip pain

Hip pain can derive from the structures within the hip joint or from the structures and ligaments surrounding the joint. It can also be caused as a result of overuse of the area. In addition, routine daily activities which place stress on the hip can result in inflammation of the muscles, tendons and ligaments around the joint.


Often pain felt in the hip may be referred pain from an issue elsewhere in the body such as the back, while those experiencing pain in the hip as their primary symptom, may also feel discomfort in the thigh, groin and buttocks too. One of the more common types of referred pain when it comes to hip pain is sciatica, or inflammation or irritation of the sciatic nerve.


A relatively common condition we often see in people over the age of 50 is hip pain from osteoarthritis. This is because, over time, wear and tear on the cartilage around the hip joint can cause inflammation or osteoarthritis. Patients who have hip osteoarthritis have pain localised to the groin area and the front or side of the thigh and tend to experience morning stiffness, a limited range of motion of the hip and pain during motion.

Treatment for hip pain

Harry Kauntze, chiropractor at The Bristol Back Pain Clinic explains how we can help patients with hip pain: “Identifying the source of our patients’ hip pain and giving them a clear understanding of the problem and how we can treat it are the first steps to recovery. Hip pain is not always felt directly over the hip and often pain you feel in the hip may actually be as a result of a problem elsewhere, rather then in your hip itself. As such, an accurate diagnosis is key to recovery. Once we have established what the underlying problem causing the hip pain is, we are able to use a range of effective treatments for hip pain to provide improvement. These include acupuncture, joint mobilisations or adjustments, stretching and massage techniques, nutritional advice, relaxation techniques, home stretches and exercises. If required we can also order MRI and Xrays to assist diagnosis.”​​​​


See why patients love Bristol Back Pain Clinic

“Having never visited an osteopath before but had such searing pain in my hip/thigh that felt it the only course of action. The Back Pain clinic is luckily only a 5 minute walk from my house and had come with a couple of recommendations by neighbours/friends so I booked in. Four sessions later and the pain has significantly reduced, hence pilates and normal exercise is all that’s needed now. Totally recommend!”

“I’d been suffering with severe hip pain for 2 months and needed help. Rather than wait for a GP appointment, then wait for just one physio phone call, I decided to be pro-active and get immediate help. Marion at The Bristol Back Pain Clinic explained how it was my lower back causing the hip pain and proceeded to stretch, manipulate and massage the afflicted parts, giving me relief even after my first visit. She researched my condition and had new treatments lined up for me during my next two visits. These worked a treat, and my mobility was almost back to 100%, so we agreed to leave a two week gap. My last treatment was a triumph because my mobility has returned to my normal pain free status-quo. THANK YOU! What is also so refreshing is that the Bristol Back Pain Clinic doesn’t try to make you continue having treatment if you don’t need it. This was the third time that I have had treatment at the Bristol Back Pain Clinic for different issues, and if I need it, I will use them again.”