Hip Pain

Praxis Physical Therapy

Orthopedic Physical Therapists & Sports Medicine located in Vernon Hills, IL

Hip pain can significantly impair your ability to move comfortably. At Praxis Physical Therapy in Vernon Hills, Illinois, the team of orthopedic physical therapy specialists offers targeted treatments to relieve hip pain in people of all ages. Whether you’re a professional athlete or an adult struggling with arthritis, the team can restore your hip function. Call Praxis Physical Therapy or book an appointment online today to learn more about hip pain.

Hip Pain Q & A

What causes hip pain?

The hip is the area on each side of your pelvis that bears the weight of your upper body. Your hips provide support, flexibility, and movement, leaving them vulnerable to wear-and-tear. Many injuries and degenerative conditions can cause hip pain, including:


Tendons are soft tissues that connect muscle to bone. Sports injuries, overuse, and sudden accidents can overstretch and inflame the tendons. Tendonitis can lead to dull or sharp hip pain.


There are several types of arthritis, or joint inflammation. Osteoarthritis is a wear-and-tear condition that can affect the cartilage in your hips. Meanwhile, arthritis is an autoimmune disease that may cause swelling of the hip joints.


A hip fracture, or break in the bone, often occurs in the upper portion of the femur (thighbone). This type of fracture can cause severe pain and impairs your mobility. 


The bursae are fluid-filled sacs that reduce friction between your bones. Inflammation of these small sacs can cause bursitis, which may cause pain and soreness in the hips.

What are the symptoms of hip pain?

Hip pain can cause a variety of uncomfortable symptoms, such as:

  • Dull ache
  • Sharp pain
  • Poor range of motion
  • Difficulty walking
  • Groin pain
  • Tenderness around the joints
  • Warmth 
  • Joint pain

If hip pain advances, it may even feel uncomfortable to sleep on your affected side.

How is hip pain diagnosed?

In addition to a comprehensive physical exam and review of your medical history, you may need imaging tests to diagnose the cause of your hip pain. X-rays, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), or computer tomography (CT) scans provide a clear view of your bones and soft tissues for an accurate diagnosis.

What are the treatments for hip pain?

At Praxis Physical Therapy, your physical therapist creates an individualized treatment plan to rehabilitate your hip. How they target your hip pain depends on its cause. Strengthening the muscles, tendons, and ligaments that support the hip joint is an essential step in restoring function to the area.

Common types of equipment the team uses to treat hip pain at their state-of-the-art facility include:

  • Resistance equipment
  • Free weights
  • Treadmills 
  • Schwinn® AirDyne bikes
  • Stairclimber
  • Biodex® machine
  • Blood flow restriction training

Praxis Physical Therapy also has a broad range of equipment for individuals who play sports, such as volleyball, baseball, football, gymnastics, golf, cheerleading, or dance.

To learn more about physical therapy for hip pain, call Praxis Physical Therapy or schedule an appointment online today.