Referred Hip Pain Treatment

Referred Hip Pain refers to pain that can travel to or from the hip to surrounding musculoskeletal structures.

At Vitalis Physiotherapy, our treatment aim to:

What is referred hip pain?

The hip is what’s known as a ‘ball-and-socket’ joint – bones, muscle, ligament, tendons, tissue and nerves serve to support, cushion and facilitate upper leg movements. The hip can be susceptible to injury.

Referred hip pain refers to pain which originates in the hips and travels down the legs, up the spine, or to surrounding structures like the pelvis. Alternatively, pain may originate in another structure, usually the lumbar spine, and can radiate to the hip.

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What are the causes of referred hip pain?

The exact cause and severity can vary. Typically, referred hip pain occurs due to:

What are the symptoms?

  • Pain in the hip
    • Referred pain in the lower back, pelvis, groin, buttocks or upper leg area
  • Stiffness/inability to move the hip or leg
  • Tenderness
  • Reduced range of movement (leg rotation)
  • Reduced strength
  • Instability
  • Swelling and bruising
  • Feeling unsteady while standing
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Treatment for Referred Hip Pain

If you suspect you have referred hip pain, it is important to see a medical professional. You might also be referred for imaging tests to determine the cause and origin of the symptoms.


Physical therapy is highly beneficial in reducing associated symptoms. At Vitalis Physiotherapy, we tailor a unique treatment plan to aid in your recovery through:

  • Stretching, strengthening and/or conditioning exercises
  • Restoring range of movement
  • Postural improvement
  • Soft tissue mobilisations (massage)
  • Shockwave Therapy
  • Dry needling
  • Taping
  • A unique home exercise program
  • Graded Exposure to load program

If the pain and reduced movement is severe, strenuous activity should be avoided. Your physiotherapist may also advise heat or ice application, rest and if necessary, pain medication. Additionally, they might recommend for you to use supportive straps or belts.

How to book an appointment?

If you think you’re suffering from this condition, or you’re looking for a ‘physiotherapist near me’, our experienced physios at Vitalis Physiotherapy can assess your condition to tailor a unique rehabilitation plan to aid in your pain relief and recovery.

All you need to do is just give us a call on 0410 559 856 and request an initial appointment. Please let our friendly reception staff know the background and severity of your condition.

You can visit our FAQs for more information about appointments at Vitalis Physiotherapy.


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Are you in pain caused by referred hip pain? Contact Vitalis Physiotherapy now to book in your treatment.

Call our friendly team on 0410 559 856. We’d love to help.

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