Hip Pain Research Study at Physioworks Health Group

Assisting Melbourne Uni in New Research Project

Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist Andrew Dalwood will be involved in a Melbourne University research study into lateral hip pain.

Andrew will conduct research on volunteer patients at Physioworks Health Group Camberwell and Mulgrave clinics (Waverley Park Physiotherapy Centre).

The research is a randomised controlled trial, testing outcomes from Physiotherapy treatment versus Cortisone Injection versus “Wait and See” for chronic lateral hip pain.

Lateral hip pain (pain at the side of the hip) is very common in the community and often goes undiagnosed. It is common that a corticosteroid injection, an exercise-based physiotherapy program or a wait and see approach is prescribed for this condition, but there is no good research regarding which is better. It is not uncommon for patients to be given some information about their condition and asked to adopt a wait and see approach for a period of several months to allow the condition to resolve spontaneously.

The purpose of the study is to compare the effects of three possible approaches to treating long standing lateral hip pain: (a) a single cortisone injection, (b) an eight-week physiotherapy exercise program and (c) adopting a “wait and see” approach.

The results will help to determine the best treatment to manage this condition.
The research program is being overseen by the Melbourne University Physiotherapy Department. Full details can be found at http://www.chesm.unimelb.edu.au/volunteer/leap/leap.html

At Physioworks Health Group, our team of health practitioners are constantly involved in ongoing education, including these types of research studies, to ensure we are at the forefront in the latest, innovative treatment techniques and practices.


Professor Bill Vicenzino,  Professor Kim Bennell, Professor Paul Hodges, Dr Alison Grimaldi, Dr Henry Wajswelner, Dr Rebecca Mellor, Mr Tim Wrigley, Miss Philippa Nicolson