graphic of Bursitis of the hip

Hip Bursitis

As mentioned in a previous blog a “bursa” is a soft spacer that is present in many of our joints.  Analogous to a slightly filled water balloon,  a bursa separates various tissues to prevent friction.  An example is a bursa that sits between muscle and bone.  Unfortunately, the bursa itself can be a source of injury.  Irritation of…

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Piriformis Syndrome

Piriformis syndrome occurs when the sciatic nerve is compressed by the piriformis muscle. As discussed in a previous blog, “sciatica” is pain in the distribution of the sciatic nerve. This can cause symptoms in the buttock, posterior thigh and or lower leg and foot. Piriformis Muscle The pirifomis muscle is a small muscle located in…

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Hip Pain and Impingement

Many patients present to our clinic with hip pain. In the past, muscle strain or osteoarthritis may have been on the top of the diagnostic likelihood, but this is changing as our knowledge of the hip is improving. One condition that we have a relatively new understanding about is femoroacetabular impingement. Hip Impingement More and…

knee arthritis

Arthritis Treatment

Osteoarthritis (“arthritis”) is a very common condition, affecting 25% of the population over the age of 65. Weight bearing joints in the lower limb are particularly susceptible to arthritis as the weight of the body adds to the biomechanical stresses affecting the joints. Two very common areas for arthritis are the hip and the knee.…

x-ray of hip pain

Hip Exercises

This past July, an interesting paper was published in the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy which investigated gluteal muscle activation during different exercises. Gluteal exercises can play a role in rehabilitating many different hip injuries, including hip bursitis, hip arthritis, general hip pain and lower back pain. Whether you’re a rehabilitation professional looking…

Hamstring Injury

Muscular strains are very common injuries affecting athletic and active people.  Unfortunately, there are many misconceptions and misunderstandings as to why these injuries occur and how we can prevent them.  As always, we’re going to use the published, peer reviewed literature to help dispel some of the myths… Concentric and Eccentric Muscle Contraction In order…