The hip is the largest weight bearing joint in the body. Unlike other joints, the hip joint is very stable. It is surrounded by cartilaginous material and is strengthened by bands of fibrous ligaments. However, the hip is subjected to a number of ailments. A temporary disturbance to the blood supply in the femur can be associated with an episode of “hip knee pain”.

Lack of activity can reduce the production of synovial fluid causing inflammation in the cartilage covering the joints. Due to lack of lubrication the head of the femur grinds on the socket with each movement that we make. The pain is sometimes felt in the joint but more frequently it is felt in the front of the thigh and the knees. Thus the “hip knee pain” is aggravated and the affected person is unable to perform even daily activities due to a severe restriction on the range of normal movements.

When there is inflammation of the fibrous fluid filled tissue around the joint, the sensation of pain that is experienced moves down from the outer thigh to the knee. When your joints are in such a condition, every movement that you make is likely to cause “hip knee pain”. One of the main causes of such inflammation is repeated occurrence of minor injuries to the connective tissues due to excessive wear on the hip and knee joints.

There are many things that you can do to reduce the severity of the symptoms of “hip knee pain” and improve your general well being. Periods of rest are important when your joints are very painful and swollen. You should also consult a recovery expert who concentrates on getting a custom treatment module based on the condition of the hip and knee joints. The recovery expert is a physiotherapist who concentrates not only on specifying exercises to ease the pain but also focuses on preventing the reoccurrence of “hip knee pain”.

Weight loss exercises can be recommended by the recovery expert as a long term measure to reduce the pressure on the hip and knee joints and to avoid “hip knee pain”. These exercises will also serve to strengthen and stretch the muscles of the groin and thigh so that the muscular systems provide a firm support to these important joints. You can also use a cane to support yourself whilst walking to ease the stress on your hip and knee joints

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