Hip pain is a relatively common symptom seen in our facility, but the cause of the pain can vary considerably. Pain in or around the hip can be caused from a variety of different conditions including arthritis, bursitis, tendinopathies, muscle strains, osteonecrosis, tumors, snapping hip syndrome, nerve entrapments, Iiliotibial band syndrome (ITBS) or even referred from other joints such as the lumbar spine and sacroiliac joint.
Physical therapy is essential to the treatment, rehabilitation, and prevention of many of the conditions that affect the hip and its surrounding supporting structures. A patient may improve the chance of recovery with the following:
- Physical therapy
- Good body mechanics
- Activity limitations
A Spine and Sports Medicine of HoHoKus physical therapist will always start by asking you questions designed to help figure out the scope of the problem, everything from your lifestyle to medical history. If your hip pain was caused by major trauma or disease, your physical therapist will consult with your doctor.
Our next step is to create a treatment plan to help relieve your hip pain. In addition to giving you exercises to improve your flexibility, strength, and stability, other options include:
- Application of ice or heat
- Electrical stimulation of muscle groups
- Massage therapy
Most physical therapy sessions last about an hour, although the time can vary. The total number of sessions will depend on the particular circumstances of your hip pain. Some patients need only a few sessions, while others may require months of therapy.
Your physical therapist will teach you how to avoid future problems by showing you how to sit, stand, and move with proper posture. The therapist might evaluate the ergonomics of your home and workplace to make sure your environment doesn’t lend itself to re-injury.
Following the right physical therapy should not only enable you to feel better faster, but also stay pain-free following your recovery. Call Spine and Sports Medicine of HoHoKus if you experience any of the following conditions:
- Trochanteric Bursitsi