Pelvis & Hip Conditions

Physical Therapy for Pelvis and Hip Pain

Pelvis and Hip Injuries

Physical Therapy for Hip and Pelvis Injuries - New Heights Physical Therapy in Portland OR and Vancouver WABursitis of the Pelvis/Hip

Bursitis of the pelvis or hip occurs when one of the fluid-filled bursa located between the hip bone and the pelvis becomes inflamed. This most often occurs from repetitive movements of the hip joint, such as climbing stairs or certain exercises. Symptoms most typically include pain and inflammation in the hip joint, which may make it difficult to move. Treatments usually begin with noninvasive measures, such as lifestyle changes that could include losing weight, wearing better shoes or decreasing certain movements or exercises. Physical therapy can also help by focusing on stretching out the muscles around the hip and knee joints and by using ice, heat, ultrasound therapy or electrical stimulation or massage.

Hip Pain

The major cause of hip pain is hip bursitis. However, arthritis, tendinitis and muscle strains can also play a role. Symptoms may include dull aches, shooting pain and swelling around the inner or outer thighs, hip joints, groin and buttocks. Pain here usually worsens with activity. Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory aids may help as can the application of heat or cold. A physical therapist can help with low-impact exercises, stretches for the groin as well as the quadriceps and hamstrings and resistance training to build up strength in the area.

Sacroiliac Pain/Instability

The sacroiliac joints are located on either side of the lower back. They send the weight of the body onto the legs when a person is standing or walking. Pain in the region may begin at the lower back before radiating to the buttocks, thighs or upper back. Pain or instability here most often occurs due to inflammation from an injury or from regular exercise that puts pressure on the joints. It is also common with pregnancy. Rest as well as hot or cold treatments can relieve discomfort. Prolonged discomfort may need to be treated with a corticosteroid injection. To build up stability in the area, physical therapy can improve flexibility and strength by using ultrasound treatments, massage and gentle stretching.

Torn Cartilage in Hip

Torn cartilage in the hip can also be referred to as a labral tear because the hip is another ball-and-socket joint. These painful, inflammatory injuries may occur from sports injuries, improper exercise techniques and hip muscle tightness.

A physical therapist can help with a variety of treatments to manage pain, improve movement and functionality of the joint and increase strength and stability. Ice, home exercise, manual therapy and education are the foundational treatments for this concern.


Serving Portland OR | Vancouver WA
(503) 236-3108 East Portland
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East Portland
5736 NE Glisan St.
Portland, OR 97213
(503) 236-3108

1700 Broadway St., Suite 101
Vancouver, WA 98663
(360) 737-3346

Pelvis & Hip Conditions in Portland OR and Vancouver WA

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(503) 236-3108
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