Q. I have pain on the side of my hip, and sometimes I can’t lay on it in bed. What’s going on?

A. The most common pain on the side of your hip is a soft tissue injury to the (gluteal) tendon, which is caused by an overload to the area. For tendon rehabilitation, our physiotherapists will assess and address the key reasons why you may be overloading your hip. We will work together with our exercise physiologists to arrange a suitable exercise program. Advice from our dietitian can also be of benefit in many cases. In the meantime it is important to try and take pressure off the hip by sleeping on your back or the unaffected side with a pillow in between your legs, avoid crossing your legs when sitting, wear supportive footwear and modify any overloading activities.

Q. I have osteoarthritis in my hip. What can I do to reduce my pain?

A. Although osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition, there are many things you can do to improve your pain and function. Strength exercises have been found to be very effective in reducing pain and improving function. Hydrotherapy is also a safe and therapeutic way to improve your symptoms. Poor foot mechanics are also a contribution to overloading of the hip. Our team of physiotherapists, exercise physiologists and podiatrist can help.