Hip Pain2023-04-27T22:01:30+00:00

Hip Pain

Hobbled by hip pain? Let us help.

The hip is the largest and strongest joint in the body, meaning it is designed to cope with repetitive movement and impact. The prevalence of hip pain is 10% in the general population and this increases with age.

The source of your hip pain may come from various different areas including: lower back, abdominal muscles, the labrum or any of the many tendons that attach into the hip region. Hip pain can make everyday tasks, like putting on your shoes and socks, challenging therefore it is important to seek advice from a professional.

What type of hip pain do you have?

Our Physiotherapists see lots of different types of hip conditions in younger and older patients. Hip flexor and gluteal tendinopathy, arthritic hips, post op hip replacements or resurfacing, labral tears and many more. Hip pain and stiffness can affect your walking, swimming, cycling and basic daily activities.

Head2Toe Hip Pain

Labral issues

The labrum is a fibrous cartilage that surround the socket of the hip joint that provides stability. Issues can occur from overuse, injury or wear and tear and can cause severe pain or reduced range of motion.



Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis and can result in severe pain, especially in the hip. This occurs when the cartilage (connective tissue that protects our joints) begins to breakdown.



Any damage to a tendon is referred to as a tendinopathy. A gluteal tendinopathy is one of the most common around the hip especially in older woman

Head2Toe Bursitis 01


Bursitis is inflammation to the bursa, usually by compression, with the most common place occurring on the outside aspect of the hip. A bursa is a fluid filled sack that lies between bone and soft tissue to prevent friction

Treatments we recommend for hip pain

Your Head2Toe Physio will carry out a thorough assessment, looking at what you can do, what you can’t do and whether there’s anything that should be of greater concern. Whether breaststroke in the pool or clambering over styles on long country walks are getting harder, our clinicians will do their best to get you back on track.. A combination of exercise therapy and manual therapy often proves helpful. Combined with a little education on what’s happening and why, things can often improve pretty quickly.

Our frequently asked questions about hip pain?

What are the most common hip problems?2023-04-27T16:07:59+00:00

Hip pain can be caused by a number of factors, including osteoarthritis, bursitis, tendonitis, muscle strains, fractures, or impingements. At Head2Toe Physio we see a range of patients with hip pain. We see patients with hip resurfacings or replacements, either because of arthritic hips or fractures. We see patients with lateral hip pain because they increased their walking distances a bit too quickly and we see those with those patients with clicky, clunky, catching hips, that just won’t get better.

How do you diagnose the cause of my hip pain?2023-04-27T16:18:53+00:00

At Head2Toe Physio, our physiotherapists will perform a thorough assessment. They will take a medical history and listen to what your problem is, how long it’s been there and what makes it better and worse. They’ll perform a  physical examination.

For sporting patients, they might examine any videos or pictures of your sporting technique. For those with pain on running, they will likely watch you running to see if anything in your gait pattern might be contributing to your pain.

For those with diagnostic imaging (such as X-rays or MRIs), we will go through your scan reports with you and try to determine the underlying cause of your hip pain.

What are the best treatments for hip pain?2023-04-27T16:18:44+00:00

Our Head2Toe Physiotherapists have a range of treatment options for your hip pain. These may include manual therapy, exercise therapy, electrotherapy, education on sporting technique, posture and ergonomics, and modalities such as ultrasound or TENS. We will develop a personalized treatment plan based on your specific needs and goals.

Can physiotherapy help me avoid hip surgery?2023-04-27T16:18:36+00:00

At Head2Toe Physio we see lots of patients who are understandably keen to avoid surgery. They’re often sent by local doctors and consultants who think that surgery should be avoided at this particular time.

In many cases, physiotherapy can be effective in reducing pain, improving function, and delaying or avoiding the need for surgery. Our goal is to help you regain mobility and improve your quality of life without the need for invasive procedures.

Can I still exercise if I have hip pain?2023-04-27T16:20:01+00:00

It depends on the cause and severity of your hip pain. Our physiotherapists will work with you to develop an exercise plan that is safe and appropriate for your specific condition, and can help you maintain your fitness while you recover.

How can I prevent hip pain from recurring?2023-04-27T16:20:44+00:00

Our physiotherapists will provide education and guidance on techniques to prevent hip pain from recurring, such as maintaining good posture, using proper body mechanics, and staying active. We may also provide exercises to strengthen the muscles supporting the hip joint and improve flexibility.

Which clinics do you treat hip pain at?2023-04-27T22:10:16+00:00

You’ll be pleased to hear that you can get your hip pain treated at any of our 3 clinics in Surrey and West Sussex.

At Dorking and Leatherhead, our clinics are based in sports centres with fantastic access to gym facilities and ample room to get you back up to full fitness. At Crawley, we have a modern physio clinic with our own rehab studio, all set to return you back to what you want to do, as quickly and effectively as possible.

Get help from Head2Toe Physio

Hip pain, whether it is mild or severe, acute or chronic, can have a major impact on your life. At Head2Toe Physio, our team is committed to helping you find relief and prevent further issues. To find out how we can help you, contact us today!

Steve Wells

I have known and worked with Sam Bowden for almost 20 years and I have the utmost respect for his and his colleagues’ knowledge and expertise.

Steve Wells, Director, Epsom Footcare

Sophia Warner

I have been working with Sam and the clinic for a number of years. As a Paralympic athlete with high expectations and lots of complications, it has always been critical that I find someone who is knowledgeable and trustworthy. I introduced Sam to British Athletics who then approved him to work with me in the lead up to 2012. It was great to have such expertise on my doorstep and they were so flexible, always fitting me in when I had an ache or a pain.

Sophia Warner, Commercial Director, UK Athletics and T35 100, 200m Paralympian

Dawn H

I would like everyone to know how amazing Mel’s treatment at Head2Toe Physio has been for me.  I suffer from really bad migraines and doctors were unable to help.  With Mel’s treatment I’ve gone from having them every week, to one in every two months. When I had one before it could last a week, they were unbearable. Hopefully this will get less as time goes on with the exercises and treatments.

Dawn H

John Kelting

I have seen a number of physio’s and other medical professionals for sports injuries over many years, and have found Sam to be at the very top in terms of quality. Accurate diagnosis, excellent treatment, and a clear path back to fitness which has enabled me to resume activity quickly without causing any setback in recovery time. Given my positive experience, I have referred my daughter and sister at different times to Sam for different problems, and they have been delighted with how they have been treated. I would strongly recommend him as a leading professional in his field.

John Kelting, Managing Director Barclays Bank

Sophie Roberts

I have worked with Head2Toe Physio for many years now and I have been impressed with the excellent clinical skills and professional way they manage my patients

Sophie Roberts, Director The Gaitlab

Jean-Pierre Blazek

When referring my clients, I want to make sure they’re getting the best service possible and with Head2Toe Physio I know they’re in very good hands. I have referred to Sam Bowden and his team in Dorking since 2009 and I find them to be extremely knowledgeable, approachable and professional. They are an extremely valuable resource for me and we work well together in improving clients throughout the rehabilitation phase, helping them to get back to being injury and pain free

Jean-Pierre Blazek, Personal Trainer, Fitness by JP

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