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How Physiotherapy Helps with Pain

A physiotherapist plays a crucial role in helping to manage and treat hip pain. The specific approach taken will depend on the cause of the hip pain, its severity, and the individual patient’s needs and circumstances. Here’s a general overview of what a physiotherapist might do:

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History Taking

The physiotherapist will ask questions to understand the nature, duration, and intensity of the hip pain, as well as any activities or positions that worsen or relieve it.

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Physical Examination

This might include observing your gait, assessing range of motion, muscle strength testing, and specific tests to identify the cause of the hip pain.

Posture and Movement Analysis

Analyzing how you stand, walk, and move to identify any biomechanical issues that could be contributing to your pain.

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Personalized Treatment Plan

Based on the assessment, the physiotherapist will develop a personalized treatment plan, which could include the following:

Manual Therapy

Techniques such as massage, mobilizations, and stretches to improve joint mobility and reduce muscle tension.

Exercise Prescription

Specific exercises to strengthen the muscles around the hip, improve flexibility, and enhance stability.


Providing advice on activity modification, ergonomic changes, or lifestyle adjustments to manage pain and prevent future injuries.

Pain Management

Techniques such as heat/cold therapy, ultrasound, or TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) to help manage pain.

Gait Re-education

If your hip pain is affecting the way you walk, the physiotherapist may work with you to retrain your gait.

Balance and Proprioception Training

Suggest exercises to improve your balance and awareness of your body’s position in space, which can be particularly important if the hip pain is due to a any sudden accidental fall.

Follow-up and Progress Monitoring

Regular Follow-up

To monitor progress, adjust the treatment plan as necessary, and provide ongoing support and education.

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Home Exercise Program

The physiotherapist will likely give you exercises to do at home to complement the work done in sessions.


Referral if Necessary

If the physiotherapist determines that the hip pain may be due to a condition that requires expert intervention, they might refer you to a doctor or specialist for further evaluation and treatment.

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A physiotherapist will use a combination of assessment techniques to understand the cause of hip pain, develop a personalized treatment plan to address the issues identified, provide education and support, and monitor progress over time. The ultimate goal is to reduce pain, improve function, and enhance the quality of life.

    Focus: Exercises for Hip Pain

    Exercises for hip pain can help to strengthen the muscles around the hip, improve flexibility, and reduce stiffness. However, it’s important to consult with a healthcare professional before starting any exercise program, especially if you’re experiencing hip pain, to ensure the exercises are appropriate for your specific condition. Here’s a list of exercises that are commonly recommended for hip pain.


    • Lie on your side with your hips and knees bent.
    • Keeping your feet together, lift your top knee as far as you can without rotating your hip or pelvis.
    • Slowly lower back down.

    Leg Lifts

    • Lie on your back with one leg bent and the other straight.
    • Lift the straight leg up towards the ceiling, keeping your back and pelvis stable.
    • Slowly lower back down.

    Hip Flexor Stretch

    • Kneel on one knee, with your other foot in front, forming a 90-degree angle with your front knee.
    • Shift your weight forward slightly until you feel a stretch in the front of your hip on the kneeling side.
    • Hold for 15-30 seconds and switch sides.

    Piriformis Stretch

    • Sit on a chair and cross one leg over the other, placing the ankle on the opposite knee.
    • Gently lean forward until you feel a stretch in the buttock of the crossed leg.
    • Hold for 15-30 seconds and switch sides.

    Quadrus Lumobrum Stretch

    • Sit or stand tall.
    • Gently lean to one side, trying to bring your ear towards your shoulder on the same side.
    • You should feel a stretch on the side of your torso.
    • Hold for 15-30 seconds and switch sides.

    Hip Abductions

    • Lie on your side with your legs stacked and straight.
    • Lift your top leg towards the ceiling, keeping your hips stable.
    • Slowly lower back down.

    Cat-Cow Stretch (for pelvic mobility)

    • Get on your hands and knees in a tabletop position.
    • Arch your back up towards the ceiling (cat position) and then dip it down (cow position), moving fluidly between the two positions.

    Child’s Pose (for hip and back relaxation)

    • Kneel on the floor and sit back on your heels.
    • Bend forward at the hips and extend your arms out in front of you, resting your forehead on the floor.

    Seated Butterfly Stretch

    • Sit on the floor with your back straight.
    • Bring the soles of your feet together and let your knees fall out to the sides.
    • Gently press down on your knees for a deeper stretch.

    Remember, the key is to perform these exercises in a pain-free range of motion. If any exercise causes pain, stop immediately and consult a healthcare professional. It’s also crucial to maintain proper form during the exercises to ensure their effectiveness and prevent further injury.

    Your Physiotherapy Journey with Merlin

    Collaborating with Merlin and Physiotherapists brings the power of cutting-edge technology and expert human care together to enhance your health and well-being.

    The Merlin offers a range of features and benefits that set it apart as a valuable tool for improving your health and well-being. With its user-friendly interface and robust capabilities, it provides a seamless and efficient way to monitor your progress, receive personalized guidance, and connect with your physiotherapist.

    Let’s explore how using the Merlin can be more beneficial for you:

    Customized Exercise Plans

    Merlin can create personalized exercise plans tailored to you’re specific needs. For hip physiotherapy, it can recommend exercises that are appropriate for your condition and track progress over time.

    Video Demonstrations

    To ensure that you perform hip exercises correctly, Merlin provides video demonstrations. This visual guidance helps you understand the proper form and technique, reducing the risk of injury and optimizing the effectiveness of the exercises.

    Real-time Feedback

    Merlin offers real-time feedback to you while performing hip exercises. It can use AI to analyze your movements and provide immediate cues to correct their posture or technique.

    Progress Tracking

    Merlin allows physiotherapists to monitor you’re improvements. It can generate reports and graphs, making it easy to visualize progress over time.

    Patient Engagement

    Merlin encourages you by setting goals and reminders. Also, you can receive notifications for your daily exercise routine, helping stay consistent which is crucial for recovery.

    Communication and Support

    Communication between the physiotherapist and the patient is crucial. Merlin facilitates this by allowing you to message your physiotherapist, ask questions, and provide updates your condition.

    Case Study: Merlin Physio in Action

    John, a 35-year-old runner, grappled with persistent hip pain for months despite trying various treatments. He then turned to physiotherapist Sarah.

    Sarah’s assessment revealed weakened hip extensor muscles as the root cause of his discomfort. She prescribed a personalized treatment plan that included the offset bridge hip exercise.

    Over weeks, John diligently followed Sarah’s guidance, performing the offset bridge hip exercise in his rehab routine. This exercise not only targeted his hip extensors but also bolstered core stability and trunk control. John’s commitment paid off as he noticed substantial improvements in hip strength and stability.

    Thanks to the Merlin Physio App, John was able to ensure he executed the exercise correctly, minimizing the risk of injury and maximizing benefits. The real-time feedback in the app played a vital role in maintaining proper form.

    Through this combined effort of Sarah and Merlin Physio App, John’s hip pain decreased significantly, and his overall hip mobility and flexibility improved.

    This case exemplifies how the offset bridge hip exercise, supported by the Merlin Physio App, enabled John to recover 40% faster than the average rehabilitation period.

    Incorporating the offset bridge hip exercise into his regimen not only targeted the hip extensor muscles but also improved core stability, reducing discomfort and enhancing musculoskeletal well-being. 

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