Can Tight Hip Flexors Contribute To Lower Back Pain?  

Have you experienced pain in your hips or lower back? Then you may have tight Hip Flexors. Hip Flexors are the muscles at the top of the thighs that connect with the hips. Hip Flexors enable the movements of bending over and raising your leg. As they are directly connected to the Femur and Lumbar Vertebrae, tight Hip Flexors can often be a leading cause of lower back pain. 

Many office workers experience tight Hip Flexors, as sitting for extended periods of time and lack of exercise can contribute to this pain. While you may feel tightness in your hips, tight Hip Flexors can also result in difficulty walking, lower back pain, difficulty lifting legs and sharp pain across the pelvis area.  

Tight Hip Flexors can weaken the hips and can result in a pelvis tilt. The alignment of your pelvis plays a vital role in your spine alignment and can accentuate lower back pain. Furthermore, having weak hips places additional pressure on your surrounding muscles for your everyday movement. As a result, this can make these muscles become imbalanced and increase your risk of injury.  

How can Physiotherapy help? 

Physiotherapy is an effective method to combat tight Hip Flexors and release hip and back pain. As everyone’s injury is unique, our physiotherapists create a personalised treatment program according to their history, injury and movement abilities. During your sessions, our team focus on strengthening the glutes, hamstrings, abductors and surrounding muscles to improve hip mobility. Our physiotherapists use gentle hands-on treatment and exercises to ease tension, strengthen the hips and improve range of motion. 

At Progressive Sports and Spinal Physiotherapy, our physiotherapists are highly educated and experienced to bring you instant relief from pain and improve flexibility in the Hip Flexors. Book a consultation today to start your journey to complete, pain-free movement. 

Suzanne graduated from Western Sydney University with a Bachelor of Health Science (Sports and Exercise Science) in 2015. She then went on to continue her studies at Macquarie University graduating from the Doctor of Physiotherapy post-graduate degree in June 2019.

Since graduating, Suzanne has worked in the local Penrith area in both private practice and Sports Physiotherapy. Suzanne has worked with sporting teams including Penrith District Netball Association, Mt Druitt Rangers (NPL), Penrith Valley Figure Skating Club, and local dance and cheer schools. 

Suzanne has a particular interest in working with artistic athletes including cheerleaders and dancers. She has a professional background in both cheer and dance and has previously worked as both a cheer coach and dance teacher. Suzanne’s previous experiences are an invaluable resource to her as a physiotherapist, as she has a thorough understanding of the level of physical fitness and skill acquisition that these athletes must have in order to be successful on stage and in competition.

Suzanne’s other areas of clinical interest reside in lower limb musculoskeletal injuries, spinal pathologies and women’s health.

Nathanial graduated as a physiotherapist in 2012 which saw him work in private practice and hospital settings gaining experience in all areas of physiotherapy including hand therapy, splinting/casting, pre/post-operative care, Men’s Health and general musculoskeletal, occupational and sports physiotherapy. Since then he has gone on to complete further studies in physiotherapy enabling him to be the only dual titled Musculoskeletal, Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist in Penrith.

Nathanial has a strong background in sports physiotherapy achieving accreditation with NSWIS as a service provider and working with many elite sports teams.

Nathanial has a particular interest in working with elite athletes, complex cases and in particular assessment and management of knee, hip and shoulder pain.

Andrea graduated from the Australian Catholic University completing her Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science in 2018 and Master’s of Clinical Exercise Physiology in 2020. After graduating she attained accreditation with ESSA as an Exercise Physiologist.

During her studies she gained clinical experience in both hospital and private practice settings, working in the cardiac rehabilitation program, heart failure service and mental health unit at Nepean Hospital. And at the ACU Exercise and Lifestyle Clinic working with clients with neurological conditions, cancer and chronic musculoskeletal injuries.

Since graduating, Andrea enjoys working with a variety of clients. She has a particular interest in treating musculoskeletal injuries and neurological conditions, striving to help people increase their functional capacity to get them back to work, sport or the things they love doing.