Hip, Leg & sciatica

The hip joints are formed where the head of the femur (thigh bone) attaches to the acetabulum of the pelvis (on both the left and right of the body). The hip joint fits like a ball in a socket called a ball and socket and strong capsule, strong ligaments surround the joint. There are also a large number of muscles that attach to the hip from the lumbar spine, pelvis and thigh. The thigh contains the femur bone and the groups of overlying muscles known as the quadriceps, hamstrings, adductors (groin) and abductors.

Allthough similar in design to the shoulder, the hip is designed for stability for standing, while at the same time allowing movement to occur. It is the first joint from the solid base of the pelvis that takes part in the gait cycle, allowing us to walk and run. For this reason the hip joint experiences much wear and tear and is prone to osteoarthritis as you get into you get older.

Common leg conditions that patients present with at the Spinal Joint.



The hip joints, as well as having their own conditions, can be a source of referral for back and knee pain or can be where back and knee pain is referred to. It is important to have hip pain assessed to determine if it is true hip pain or referred from other parts of the body. Through testing at your initial assessment we will try to determine the cause of your hip pain and construct a treatment plan to help with your problems. Contact Spinal Joint, Kingston, to arrange for your initial assessment.