The hip joints are among the largest weight-bearing joints in the body. This makes this area prone to injury and damage. Keeping the muscles that surround these joints strong and supple, by way of regular exercise, can aid in the protection of the hips from excessive wear and tear.
What We Do
Hip pain can occur at any age and can be caused by injury, accidents, arthritis or congenital deformities. The pain may be caused by the hip joint, the sacroiliac joint, the lower back or the knee. At Midland Physical Therapy, we figure out the source of your pain and why it is there. Symptoms such as pain, numbness, weakness, tingling or loss of motion can be caused from the joint, muscle, tendon, disc, nerve, ligament or meniscus. After we discover where the symptoms are coming from, we address why and how they started. The symptoms may be due to weakness, stiffness, too much movement, stability issues, poor posture, poor body mechanics or a combination.
Therapy for Hip Pain
There are many treatment options available before a hip replacement would even be considered. Physical therapy can help to reduce your pain, improve your quality of life and delay or even eliminate the need for surgery. Following are some exercises that your therapist may suggest:
- Hip Stretches
- Range of Motion Exercises – either to the hip joint or the muscles that surround your hip through manipulation and massage
- Strengthening Exercises
- Balance Exercises
Therapy after a hip replacement could include
- Gait training
- Strengthening exercises
- Balance training
- Massage (soft tissue mobilization)
There are times when injuries occur. This can lead to some serious hip pain. There are many ways that hip pain may happen, such as:
- Athlete injured during a sporting activity
- Victim of a car accident
- Plagued with painful arthritis
Sometimes the pain becomes so excruciatingly unbearable that a hip replacement surgery may become necessary.
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