About 7% of American adults over 60 report experiencing hip pain. This information was released in a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and it shows how common hip pain is.
There are many causes of hip pain, but the two most common are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. In many cases, patients turn to total hip replacement surgery to attempt to relieve their pain. However, physical therapy for hip pain may help reduce your pain and your need for hip surgery. In fact, this type of physical therapy is designed to do several specific things.
1. Improve strength
Osteoarthritis and other causes of hip pain can lead to weakening in structures that support your hip. However, physical therapy for hip pain is designed to improve the strength of hip-supporting structures.
The hip is supported by a variety of structures. For one thing, muscles are vital to properly supporting your hip joint. The gluteal, or buttock, muscles are one group of muscles that provide lots of support for the hips. Also, the quadricep muscles on the front of your thigh support the hips.
However, these muscles can become weak, especially if you’re avoiding movement because of hip pain. A physical therapy program for hip pain will help you find exercises to help you strengthen hip support muscles, and these exercises are designed to do so without increasing your pain.
2. Increase mobility and flexibility
Another way physical therapy for hip pain is intended to help is by increasing hip mobility and flexibility. While many people may think these two words mean the same thing, they’re actually different. Flexibility refers to only the stretching ability of your muscles. However, mobility is an umbrella term that covers all of the parts needed to move a part of your body.
Patients with hip pain often have both flexibility and mobility issues with their hip as a result of their pain. With physical therapy from an experienced physical therapist, you can work toward increasing both of these things at the same time. In many cases, the therapy methods that help increase flexibility and mobility may also reduce pain, too.
Get physical therapy for hip pain at Arrow Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation
Our team at Arrow Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation knows hip pain can cause lots of other issues. However, we can help you by creating a personalized physical therapy plan for hip pain, and such a plan may even help reduce your need for hip surgery.
Even if you have already decided to pursue total hip replacement surgery, we can still help. For instance, we offer post-surgical rehabilitation that’s designed to help:
- Reduce pain faster
- Improve healing
- Increase quality of life
We even offer pre-surgical rehab that may offer you benefits before you have hip surgery. If you’re ready to take the next step to find relief from hip pain, there’s only one thing you need to do. Contact our team today for more information or to schedule an initial appointment.