We carry a lot of weight in our hip joints, making them especially susceptible to pain and injury. Whether you’re an athlete with an overuse injury, you’re suffering from a chronic condition like arthritis or bursitis, or you’ve been in an accident, hip pain is inevitable.
Just because you’re experiencing hip pain, doesn’t mean you need to suffer through it. The key to preventing and treating hip pain is keeping the surrounding structures and muscles strong so they can support the joint.
Many people assume that the only treatment for hip pain is a hip replacement, however, physical therapy is a very effective treatment that can remove the need for surgery, or at the very least, delay surgery. While delaying surgery sounds silly, it can actually be a good thing since many joint replacements only last 15-20 years. Because of this, physical therapy can often be the best option.
How Does Physical Therapy Help Hip Pain?
There are a variety of ways in which physical therapy can help ease your hip pain. Below are a few things a physical therapist might suggest to help you live pain-free.
Exercises and Stretches
Exercising and stretching can help to improve your range of motion and reduce the amount of pain you’re experiencing. Lying down and stretching your leg across your body and squats are two common exercises that help to stretch and strengthen the muscles around your hip.
Trigger Point Dry Needling
If the muscles around your hip feel tight and your range of motion is limited, dry needling can activate and release your tight muscles using a technique similar to acupuncture.
A physical therapist can increase your range of motion and reduce hip pain by manipulating your hip joint. Joint manipulation can help restore normal mobility to your hip. When done in conjunction with regular exercise, you can reduce the amount of pain in your hip.
If you’re ready to rid yourself of that annoying hip pain, physical therapy might be something to consider. In order to ensure that physical therapy is the right treatment option for you, contact us today to schedule a consultation. We’ll help you determine if physical therapy can effectively treat your pain.