The hips are among the most weight bearing joints in the body. As such, it is important to keep the joints strong and flexible to prevent future injury. When hip injuries do occur, we are here to help! The primary objective of physical therapy is to reduce pain by improving mobility and restoring muscle balance gradually. Why do I have hip pain? There are multiple causes of hip pain that may come from the ankle, knee, back, and of course the hip. A proper physical therapy evaluation can determine the best course of action. The most common causes are: Hip Osteoarthritis, muscle imbalances, muscle strains, and tendinopathies How long is physical therapy going to take to treat my hip pain? Usually about 6 weeks for it to go completely away and to stay away. A substantial decrease in pain should happen with 3 weeks. However, sometimes if the pain has happened over an extended period of time, it may require a longer period of treatment. Every person is different and responds differently to treatment. It also depends on what other musculoskeletal or physiologic issues that are occurring. What are the consequences of not getting help and just dealing with my hip pain? Pain and muscle imbalances will continually get worse and take longer to treat when a decision is finally made to get help How can I decrease my hip pain? In the meantime, you can try: ice/heat, gentle stretching and strengthening In the long term: see a Physical Therapist and see what we can do for you Why Types of Hip Pain Patients Do You See?
- Hip OA
- IT band syndrome
- Hip bursitis
- Tendinopathies and muscle strains
- Labral Tears
- FAI (Femoral Acetabular Impingement)
- Total Hip Arthroplasty
- Hip Fractures (after they heal)
- Hip Dislocation
- Nerve Entrapment
- Leg Length discrepancies
- Gait abnormalities
How do you treat hip pain?
- Control pain/inflammation and promote healing
- Develop support or muscle control of the hip
- Hip joint mobilizations to help with pain and joints that not moving well
- Strengthen and stretch
Hip/Total Joint Replacement If you are getting a total hip replacement, an evaluation will determine the length of your stay and costs involved with your surgery and rehabilitation with physical therapy. Our Physical Therapists may suggest mobility exercises like bicycling and strengthening exercises like leg raises, — depending on your current condition. It is highly recommended that you consult your physical therapist before beginning any exercises if you have hip pain. This will minimize stress on inflamed tissues and help you avoid pain and further injury. Stop the frustrating cycle of pain and inactivity. Call us today for an assessment. Don’t let hip pain get in the way of a healthy, active lifestyle.