Hip pain or symptoms can occur in ANY of the above structures listed below. It can be caused by incorrect posture/mechanics (joints not moving properly), wear and tear, compression, sprain (ligaments), strain/tightening (muscles) inflammation of the blood vessels/nerves, fractures (bone) or originate from above or below the hip.

Hip pain - man holding hip

Structures of the Hip

The hip is a ball and socket joint and has 2 bones.  The Femur and acetabulum of the pelvis.  Between the Femur and acetabulum is an articular cartilage (labrum) to prevent friction. The bones are held together and stabilised by ligaments which prevent dislocation. The joints are moved and further stabilised by the 4 groups of muscles: the gluteal group; the lateral rotator group; the adductor group; and the iliopsoas group. The other structures involved in the hip are the bursaeblood vessels (veins and arteries) and nerves (T12 to S3).


A diagnosis, therefore can be difficult without the appropriate training. As primary care physicians, each of our practitioners at Future Proof Care, are trained to perform a thorough history and examination to gain the correct diagnosis.

History and Examination

When a patient comes to the Practice, they will be asked questions regarding their presentation. This is known as the ‘History’. Thereafter, an examination will be performed of the hipback, pelvis, legsabdomen or posture or another system.  Many mechanical, orthopaedic, neurological and muscle tests will be carried out to arrive at a diagnosis with clinical clarity of what is going on.

Conditions we have diagnosed and/or supported

Patients have presented to our Practice with hip pain from a range of causes. These include overuse, wear and tear, trauma or impact, poor posture, sedentary lifestyle, instability, or sometimes pain of unknown reason.  We have diagnosed and/or support patients with the following conditions:

  • Nerve pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Hip Fracture
  • Impingement
  • Labral tear
  • Referral pain
  • Runner’s hip
  • Piriformis syndrome
  • Sacroiliac Joint dysfunction
  • Radiculopathy
  • Vascular Claudication
  • Tendonitis
  • Mechanical Dysfunction
  • Hip replacement

Some of the above conditions are referred for imaging or further testing to confirm the diagnosis if necessary. Patients are then, when appropriate, supported with treatment and educated on how to manage and rehabilitate their presentation. 

How conditions present

Patients may describe their hip symptoms as some of the following. Each description points towards a certain diagnosis. If you use any of these terms, book an appointment with one of our Practitioners at Future Proof Care, Kings Hill, West Malling.

  • Unable to lift leg up
  • Unable to put socks/shoes on
  • Painful when walking
  • Unable to stand for long periods
  • Feels like leg is dragging
  • Eases with rest
  • Deep ache
  • Sharp shooting pain
  • Difficulty weight bearing
  • Burning sensation
  • Heaviness
  • Grinding sensation
  • Constant awareness
  • Difficulty getting in and out of the car
  • Worse when running
  • Worse when sitting

Why Choose us?

Not all Practitioners within the Chiropractic, Osteopathic or Physiotherapy professions treat hip pain both directly AND indirectly. They may focus more on the hip in isolation. At Future Proof Care, we treat the body as a whole, thereby getting better results quicker.

We first establish what your pain is, why you have it, what can be done about it and how to get your back to function as quickly as possible. We are honest and act with integrity, keeping you, your goals and needs at the focus of our care

Don’t let hip symptoms stop your ability to function normally.  Our practitioners go beyond their training in Chiropractic and Osteopathy. We continually attend seminars and stay up to date with the latest research and techniques, so our patients can get the best service.



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