Treatment Options: Understanding What They Are.

Quick recap on the last few weeks….

This week we examine what your possible treatment options are.

In our first week in “Welcome to Hip Pain Help” we looked at how this site came about, why you can trust what you read at Hip Pain Help and the ways in which you can navigate and use the site

The following week we looked at the How a Health Professional can Help you and the 4 Pillars Approach to Treatment, learning about important considerations with your treatment options.

We looked last week at what type of Hip Pain Professional you may need and how to search for one.


What Treatment Option is Best for My Hip Pain?

Our Hip Pain Professional community, is made up of different professionals who offer treatment options specific to their profession. Knowing what to do, where to start and which treatment avenue to begin with is extremely difficult.  Let’s take a walk through some of the different treatment options for hip pain.

This short video will help inform you more about the variety of different treatment options out there, and what these might be.

Transcript of the above video on Understanding your Treatment OPtions

Many of our blogs have interactive videos which we hope make it easier for you but we know not everyone is a visual learner so rest assured make sure you read on as we will attach transcripts for those of you who are readers.

Advice & Education

Often the most powerful treatment for musculoskeletal pain is getting the right advice at the right time. An important early step in any recovery is understanding what the problem is and how you can best help yourself in your own journey. If you continue to keep doing the things that cause the problem, then you will struggle to gain the full benefit of other treatments. For example, advice may be provided around workplace setup, sporting and recreational choices and schedules, recovery after exercise and pain management. All Hip Pain Professionals will be able to provide important advice and education about different aspects of your problem and rehabilitation.

Exercise & Rehabilitation

Exercise is a cornerstone of rehabilitation for most hip pain problems. Exercise can improve health of muscles, tendons, joints, bones and nerves, as well as address issues that may have contributed to the development of your current situation (such as muscle weakness, poor flexibility and pain). There are many ways that health professionals can provide exercise.

The best type of exercise for you will:


  • Target your individual problems
  • Be appropriate for your age
  • Be at a level you can cope with
  • Match your current level of physical conditioning
  • Fit within your lifestyle and financial situation
  • And most importantly, be something you enjoy




Exercise may be provided as a program which is developed for you.  This may be to complete at home, or in the clinic under the supervision of a Hip Pain Professional on an individual or a group basis. One-on-one personalised sessions with a qualified health professional allows a high level of feedback individualised specifically for you. Group classes, on the other hand, can provide a great social support network and a more affordable option. Exercise might be provided on land or in water, in a gym or utilising pilates equipment.

Real Time Ultrasound (RTUS)

To assist with optimising how your muscles work, some Hip Pain Professionals will offer real time ultrasound imaging. Real time ultrasound allows the capturing of real-time pictures of structures inside the body, using high frequency sound waves.  This amazing technology, also used for checking on unborn babies during pregnancy, provides a unique window to give insight into muscle as it works: Is the muscle healthy and functioning well  This type of feedback helps you see instantly if you are doing an exercise correctly, helping you learn what to do and how to do it quickly, easily and effectively.

Manual Therapy, Medications, Injections, Surgery

While education and exercise are almost always the best first choices in any rehabilitative journey, other treatment may be useful or necessary to help with pain relief or to address more advanced or persistent problems. Such treatments may include manual therapy or hand-on treatments, oral or injected medications, or surgical procedures. Based on a thorough assessment, your Hip Pain Professional, or team of professionals, will recommend the treatments they believe will be most beneficial for your situation.


This blog was written by Dr. Alison Grimaldi, with contribution from one of our Hip Pain Professionals, Kirsty McNab, experienced physiotherapist.

Dr. Alison Grimaldi is a globally recognised expert physiotherapist, researcher, and educator, who has over 30 years professional clinical experience helping patients recover from a wide range of hip and pelvic conditions.

Dr Alison Grimaldi - Hip Pain Professional

Dr. Alison Grimaldi  BPhty, MPhty(Sports), PhD, FACP 

Dr Grimaldi has completed Bachelor of Physiotherapy, Master of Physiotherapy and  Doctor of Philosophy (Physiotherapy) degrees. She is a fellow of the Australian College of Physiotherapists, Practice Principal of PhysioTec Physiotherapy, an Australian Sports Physiotherapist , an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the University of Queensland, as well as an author and global educator. Her passion is helping people with hip pain, and educating other health professionals around how to help more people with hip pain.

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