Hip Pain


hip joint


It is important to maintain strong hips throughout your life.



The hip joint needs to be strong.


It has to carry the body weight but also be mobile


To be able to support the body the hip bone, femur has a rounded head that fitts securely into a cup at the side of the pelvis to form the ball and socket joint of the hip, acetabulum.


Strong ligaments wrap around the joint to support it.


One of these muscles, called the 'Y' ligament, is considered the strongest ligament in the body.


The hip must also have strong muscles to support us when we stand and move.


These are stabilising muscles.


If they become weak it can lead to improper mechanics of how movements are carried out.


This in turn can cause injury and pain.


If the hip becomes injuried pain is often felt in the groin, but can also be felt else where such as the knee and the low back.


Keeping up standards

Osteopaths have a set of Practice Standards issued to every Osteopath for them to follow in order to maintain a good standard of care for their patients.were registered

The profession reviews its standards regularly to ensure the standards remain up to date and relevant and that they reflect any changes in contemporary healthcare, regulation or the law.

The standards come under four broad themes.

1. Communication and patient partnership.

2. Knowledge, skills and performance.

3. Safety and quality in practice.

4. Professionalism.

Our aim is to ensure our patients feel confident when they receive Osteopathic care.

What do patients think?

How confident are people in osteopaths?survey

A public perceptions survey was carried out by YouGov in April 2018.

Just over 1,000 members of the public and 500 patients who had visited an Osteopath in the previous year were surveyed.

Almost all the patients (95%) said they had confidence in receiving healthcare and treatment from Osteopaths.

The most important factors giving patients confidence in osteopaths were

• A recognised level of education and training

• Good quality advice and treatment

• Up-to-date knowledge and skills

For the broader public surveyed 50% have confidence in osteopaths.

The public place most their confidence in familiar healthcare professionals such as GP's, pharmacists and dentists.

They have least confidence in the less mainstream therapists such as acupuncturists and herbalists.

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