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Back Pain link to Hip and Knee Pain

An important thing to understand is that what hurts is not necessarily the cause of the problem, but a symptom of the problem. 

If your knee pain is not the result of traumatic injury, a strong possibility exists that it could be caused by a problem in your back. 

When you have low back pain, buttock pain, hip pain, or leg pain, your trouble might be caused by trigger points(knots in the muscles or tendons) in the gluteus medius and minimus muscles which are the muscles of the buttocks. Other muscles in the region are usually involved as well, such as the gluteus maximus, piriformis, and the lumbar paraspinal muscles. 

Benefits of Remedial Massage for Back/Hip/Knee Pain

Remedial Massage treatment for hip pain will alleviate the 28 functional movement-based muscles attaching to the os coxa/pelvic region.

Remedial Massage treatment will help bring length and restore movement of the functional movement-based musculature, and will aid efforts to restoring gait and ease hip flexor strained due to chronic shortness.

Massage Can Help 4 Common Hip Conditions:

SI Joint Dysfunction – Biomechanical misalignments contribute in weakening the ligament structures of this region. Irritation at the articulating surfaces of bones becomes more severe over time creating pain in the low back, sacrum, gluteals muscles and hamstrings, which can worsen after long periods of sitting or particular hip joint movements.

Piriformis Syndrome – A nerve compression syndrome in which the sciatic nerve is pinched at the piriformis muscle. Pain is present in the gluteals and posterior thigh (typically ending at the knee). Stretching the piriformis muscle usually worsens the pain as well as prolonged sitting and activities including running and walking.

Trochanteric Bursitis – Inflammation of the bursa sac resting between the IT band and greater trochanter of the femur leading to pain and discomfort at the hip joint. Having difficulty in sleeping on your side. Repetitive flexion / extension movements and direct blow, such as falling on the hip, create this condition.

Hip Pointer” – A contusion or acute trauma to the iliac crest creates an avulsion tear of the oblique musculature at their os coxa attachments. Point tenderness, swelling and contralateral pain is present. Contact sports, falling upon a hard surface, or sudden lateral flexion against resistance creates this condition.

The gluteus medius and minimus muscles are both muscle located on the lateral side of the body can be the focal points for hip pain. These muscles may create pain sensations mimicking sciatica in many people. Addressing trigger points of these lateral hip muscles can be release from a remedial  massage therapy treatment of the hip.

What Causes Hip, Knee, And Back Pain?

The human body are connected by muscles, ligaments, nerves and bones acting as building blocks to our bodies. Ligament stability, muscle strength, joint mobility and the ability of the nerves to operate without irritation or blockage are vital to normal function.

Causes of Back Pain

  • The lower back area is made up of vertebral bodies, discs that act as “shock absorbers.” At each vertebral level, spinal nerves exit from the spinal cord on either side.
  • Low back pain can cause problems that involve nerve irritation or compression can lead to hip and knee pain.
  • Certain muscles of the low back also attach to the hip, and issues with these muscles can lead to back pain and hip pain together.
  • It also is not uncommon to have back pain with knee pain as well.  
  • When your low back is hurting, you could change the way that you walk which could cause your knee and hip to start hurting.
  • Sometimes the knee injury occurs first.  Then due to an abnormal gait pattern, the hip or the low back will become painful. 

Causes of Hip Pain

  • Weakness of the muscles in the hip can reduce pelvic area support and cause back pain.
  • Increased internal rotation of the thigh bone(femur) can lead to knee pain.
  • Hip pain can also originate from a tightness of the iliotibial band due to an irritation of the bursa (the bursa provides a cushion between bones and tendons and/or muscles around a joint).
  • Restrictions in the hip joint mobility can cause hip pain and affect the back and knee to do a change in mechanics.
  • Tightness of hip flexors at the front of the hip can affect the position of the lower back and sacroiliac joints.
  • It is common to have knee and hip pain together at the same time.  
  • Most of the time there is a very simple explanation for hip pain, for example if you’ve overdone it while exercising.
  • Pain can be caused by strained or inflamed soft tissues, such as tendons, and it often clears up within a few days.
  • If you have a problem with your hip joint you may feel pain in the groin, down the front of the leg and in the knee.
  • Sometimes knee pain is the only sign of a hip problem – this is called referred pain or radiated pain and is fairly common.
  • You may feel pain on the outside of your hip or in your buttock – though this can also be caused by problems with your lower back.

Causes of Knee Pain 

Tightness of the iliotibial band can manifest as hip problems and cause pain to the outside of the knee. Tightness to the rectus femoris muscles, a muscle responsible for straightening the knee, can cause both hip and knee problems.  Some people may have hip and knee pain together. Knee pain and dysfunction can certainly cause hip and low back pain. 

When to see a doctor

Most of the time you can treat your hip pain yourself with simple self-help treatments. If your pain is extremely bad or hasn’t improved after two weeks of regularly taking painkillers you should see your doctor.

You should see your doctor straight away if:

  • You had a fall or injured your hip
  • the pain is getting worse
  • you are having difficulty with daily activities, for example walking, going up stairs or leaning forwards when sitting
  • you feel feverish or unwell, or you’ve been losing weight.
During your visit your condition will be assessed and steps taken to assist with your rehabilitation. After the session FREE muscle stretching sheets can be provided to assist with healing your injury. It is recommended that you continue these exercises at home to speed up the healing process. To book in for a session, please call Jade Tran on 0425 444 304. I hope you found the article helpful in further understanding your symptoms. Any opinions expressed within my articles/blog are from my personal perspective, not that of my Professional Associations / Educational Institutions
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